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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156448
Last updated: 21 September 2021
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Time:10:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:KAS Helicopters
Registration: VH-RHF
MSN: 51115
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cone Bay, N of Derby, WA -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Derby, WA
Destination airport:Cone Bay, WA
While carrying out survey work, with four passengers, in the Buccaneer Archipelago area north of Derby, Western Australia, the helicopter was being flown at about 1,000 ft to a planned fuel stop on an island in Cone Bay.

While over water when the engine flamed out. The pilot entered autorotation to glide towards land but was unable to reach it. During the glide the pilot deployed the helicopterís pop-out floats in preparation for an emergency ditching. Shortly after touchdown the helicopter rolled inverted. The pilot and the four passengers exited without injury. A boat crew observed the emergency landing and rescued the occupants from on top of the upturned floating helicopter.

The helicopter operator advised that as a result of this occurrence they have redesigned their fuel tracking form to improve usability. In addition, the operator is considering the fitment of a fuel totaliser to their LongRanger helicopter types.


Revision history:

08-Jun-2013 03:07 gerard57 Added
08-Jun-2013 22:59 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
13-Jun-2013 04:14 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
24-Sep-2016 08:13 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]

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