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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122089
Last updated: 22 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Shadforth Civil Engineering Contractors Pty. Ltd.
Registration: VH-BNG
MSN: 580
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Forrest Beach, north of Townsville, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:ALA, 6 Km E of Ingham, Queensland
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: ATSB
A pilot has minor injuries after a helicopter made a heavy landing in north Queensland. Police believe the crop-dusting chopper clipped power lines at Forrest Beach, north of Townsville, about 7.45am (AEST) on Wednesday 4 May 2011. According to the summary of the official ATSB investigation into the incident:

"On 4 May 2011, at about 0730 Eastern Standard Time, a Bell Helicopter B206, registered VH-BNG, struck a single power line and conducted a precautionary landing in a nearby field. The pilot had commenced end of the season, agricultural spraying operations of sugar cane fields earlier that day and was on his third chemical spray load.

While approaching a paddock of four hectares, he calculated that with the required buffer zone of 100 m from each house, the effective spray coverage would only be one hectare. As the pilot flew over one of the houses, his focus was diverted from looking for power lines, to a resident walking from the house to his car.

While observing the resident, the pilot considered where to start the spray run, taking into account, the buffer zone and that he needed to quickly get low over the cane field. After the pilot had assessed that the resident was comfortable with the presence of the helicopter, his focus moved to commencing the spray run and not to looking for powerlines. The pilot quickly descended the helicopter toward the field to begin the spray run and it struck a power line to the house. After a precautionary landing in the field, the pilot observed that the helicopter had sustained damage to the chin view windows and one main rotor blade."

VH-BNG was repaired and returned to service. Sold on to Coral Coast Helicopters in September 2012, and was written off on 20 February 2014 during agricultural operations at a Banana farm near Mission Beach, Queensland.


5. (2014 crash)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

20 Feb 2014 VH-BNG Coral Coast Helicopters 0 Near Mission Beach (North), Queensland w/o

Revision history:

04-May-2011 03:15 gerard57 Added
04-May-2011 03:15 gerard57 Updated [Country]
05-May-2011 03:53 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Damage]
13-Apr-2014 01:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2014 01:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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