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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139746
Last updated: 26 August 2021
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Time:17:45 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Hope Estate Events Pty. Ltd.
Registration: VH-AYP
MSN: 1896
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Maitland Airport, Rutherford, approx 5 km from Maitland, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Maitland Airport, NSW (YMND)
Destination airport:Maitland Airport, NSW (YMND)
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 29 October 2011 a Bell Helicopter Company B206 BII Jetranger, registered VH-AYP, departed Maitland Aerodrome, Rutherford, approximately 5 km from Maitland, New South Wales for a local training flight with an instructor and student on board.

On descent into the aerodrome, the instructor demonstrated a practice autorotation from 1,000 ft above ground level (AGL). The demonstration was not a planned exercise for the flight. It was intended that engine power would be restored and the autorotation would cease before ground contact, as a power termination.

The aircraft was levelled at approximately 5ft to 10ft AGL and the collective raised in anticipation of a power termination. At the same time, the low RPM horn sounded and light illuminated. The throttle had not been opened completely as required and was wound to the full open position as the helicopter settled to the ground.

The helicopter landed heavily and sustained serious damage.



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

Revision history:

08-Nov-2011 16:47 RobertMB Added
08-Nov-2011 16:48 RobertMB Updated [Country]
11-Apr-2014 01:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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