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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 753
Last updated: 26 September 2017
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Date:08-SEP-2004
Time:18:41 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-JWX
C/n / msn: 10405
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:56 km W of Roma (NDB), Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Eurella Station, Queensland
Destination airport:Eurella Station, Queensland
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
On 8 September 2004, the owner/pilot of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, registered VH-JWX, conducted a private under the visual flight rules (VFR) from Coffs Harbour, NSW to Eurella Station, Qld. The flight included a landing at Roma, Qld where the pilot refuelled the helicopter with 180 L of Avgas from the bulk underground fuel storage supply. The pilot then continued to Eurella Station, located approximately 54 km west of Roma, arriving at 1705 Eastern Standard Time. The pilot shut down the engine and the property owner boarded the helicopter for a pre-arranged local flight. The pilot made several attempts to start the engine, during which it backfired a few times. Once started, the engine seemed to function normally.

The helicopter departed the homestead at 1725 in a northerly direction. A person on an adjoining property about 7 km north of Eurella homestead saw the helicopter operating to the east late in the afternoon. He reported that the helicopter conducted a number of takeoffs and landings in what appeared to be the same general area over a period of about 30 minutes. He saw the helicopter depart in a southerly direction at about 1830.

The next reported sighting was by a person at Eurella homestead who, in poor light conditions, saw what appeared to be the helicopter's landing light to the north of the homestead. The light moved toward the west of the homestead. Soon after, that person again saw the light to the west and expected the helicopter to land at the homestead within a few minutes. However, she became concerned when the helicopter did not arrive and telephoned an employee of the property owner to report her concern. The employee contacted the Australian Search and Rescue organisation (AusSAR) and search action was initiated. The helicopter was located the following morning in open, rolling country, 3 km west of Eurella homestead. The two occupants were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed.

Sources:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2004/aair/aair200403351.aspx


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
17-Mar-2009 13:03 harro Updated
20-Jan-2012 22:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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