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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122860
Last updated: 18 August 2021
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Time:12:31 AEST
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Great Barrier Reef Helicopters Pty. Ltd.
Registration: VH-BHU
MSN: 2964
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Whyanbeel Valley, near Mossman, north of Cairns, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Port Douglas, Queensland
Destination airport:Mossman, Queensland
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 1 June 2011, a Bell Helicopter 206B (Jet Ranger III), registered VH-BHU, departed Mossman Sports Ground, Queensland for a local area charter flight. The flight was conducted as a weed spotting operation and there was one pilot and three passengers, acting as weed spotters, on board.

At about 12:20, the aircraft was operating about 10-15 ft above the tree top level when the pilot initiated a slow left turn and the helicopter struck a dual-line powerline. The pilot was unaware that there was a powerline in the vicinity prior to the collision. The pilot applied control inputs to keep the helicopter level as it descended though the tree canopy.

The helicopter landed in an upright position and the pilot and three passengers were able to exit. The pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries, and the other two passengers sustained minor injuries.

As a result of the accident, the helicopter operator conducted a meeting to discuss the factors that led to the accident, and highlight the hazards. They also issued a wire awareness information pack to all current pilots and modified the pilot briefing notifications to specifically highlight hazards when working at low level.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-BHU courtesy

Sydney / Canterbury Park Racecourse [ Off-Airport ]
23 October 1986; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

01-Jun-2011 03:45 RobertMB Added
01-Jun-2011 06:01 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source]
12-Apr-2014 00:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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