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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151241
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Date:13-FEB-1993
Time:19:15 ESuT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 365C3 Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:New South Wales Surf Life Saving Association
Registration: VH-HRM
C/n / msn: 5034
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barrington Top, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Barrington Top, NSW
Narrative:
First registered in Romania as YR-DFC; re-registered in Germany as D-HHII in July 1987. German registration cancelled in January 1990. Re-registered in Australia as VH-HRM 30 March 1990.

Written off when crashed in Australia 13 February 1993; The helicopter was substantially damaged when it apparently flew into wires and crashed during a rescue mission at Barrington Top, New South Wales. No fatalities reported. Registration VH-HRM cancelled by DCA 7 June 1993. According to the following excerpt from the official ATSB report into the accident:

"The search and rescue helicopter was called out to a potential rescue and medical retrieval of a man who had fallen from a waterfall at Barrington Tops which is a mountainous/wilderness area. Due to extensive cloud cover, approaching last light and a lack of contact with ground personnel, the pilot-in-command elected to land near Barrington Guest House. 900 metres south east of the guest house was a paddock apparently suitable as a helipad. While flying a right downwind leg at about 60 knots and 500 feet in very light drizzle, the pilot and crew/passengers searched for power lines and other potential obstructions. Power lines parallelling the intended landing direction were seen.

One of the crewmen searched for wires by looking out through the only sliding door fitted, which was on the left side of the helicopter. A normal approach was flown. When the helicopter was about 20 knots and 25 feet above the ground, the crewman sitting in the left front seat suddenly detected a spur line running across the approach path. He called out a warning to the pilot but it was too late. The helicopter struck two wires.

The pilot immediately lowered the collective in an attempt to land as soon as possible. The landing was heavy. The helicopter impacted the ground in a slightly nose down attitude while banked slightly to the left. The wire strike was at the level of the rotating swash plate. Cyclic control was probably lost when the control rods above the swash plate were damaged by the wires.

The spur line was particularly difficult to see. Rising ground ahead of the wires, in the direction of landing, camouflaged the wires. The pole at the end of the spur line was somewhat hidden by trees and light drizzle reduced visibility. A wire strike protection device was not fitted on the helicopter.

SIGNIFICANT FACTORS The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the accident:

1. The power line was particularly difficult to see because of its location, the surrounding terrain and foliage.
2. Visibility was reduced due to light drizzle.

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/se361show.asp?start=1&count=50]
2. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1993/aair/199300130/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Dec-2012 12:43 TB Added
13-Jun-2013 17:47 TB Updated
04-May-2014 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Nov-2016 22:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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