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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232023
Last updated: 18 October 2020
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Time:16:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell-Garlick UH-1H Iroquois
Owner/operator:Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-ONZ
C/n / msn: 5229
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ben Boyd Reservoir, Ben Boyd National Park, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The helicopter ditched to the waters of Ben Boyd Reservoir in SE NSW during aerial firefighting operations after a reported power loss. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, escaped from the inverted helicopter with only minor injuries. At the time of the accident, the helicopter was operating with the callsign HELITACK 205.

The helicopter was subsequently recovered from the reservoir and inspected by the operator’s maintenance organisation. A borescope inspection of the engine compressor section revealed a blade failure in addition to other blade and inlet guide vane damage.




Photo of VH-ONZ courtesy

Redcliffe (YRED)
30 May 2010; (c) Ian McDonell

Revision history:

09-Jan-2020 07:47 gerard57 Added
09-Jan-2020 08:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Photo]
09-Jan-2020 18:52 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jan-2020 19:41 Kardz Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jan-2020 20:00 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jan-2020 20:58 Geno Updated [Source]
12-Jan-2020 15:45 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
13-Jan-2020 22:13 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
25-Jan-2020 04:49 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 10:46 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source]
22-Sep-2020 10:48 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 10:53 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 10:57 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]

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