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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177866
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:10-DEC-1966
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G-2
Owner/operator:RotorWork Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-AHF
MSN: 668
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sydney, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Bankstown Airport, NSW (BWU/YSBK)
Destination airport:Bankstown Airport, NSW (BWU/YSBK)
Narrative:
A Bell 47G-2 helicopter was engaged in a photographic charter flight carrying a cameraman and one other passenger, over a portion of Sydney Harbour and the city. The purpose of the flight was to film yachts racing near Kirribilli Point and to complete the film with a run in over the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the city.
The helicopter lost control after a tail rotor failure and crashed into a three-story building in Pitt street.

Cause: The probable cause of this accident was that the pilot, subsequent to a loss of anti-torque control, did not follow the laid down procedure for a safe emergency landing.

Sources:

El Litoral 10 December 1966, p1
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-10/the-helicopter-crash-that-changed-australian-aviation/10585722
https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/419023-rotary-nostalgia-thread-41.html

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

26 Oct 1953 HB-XAG Swiss Helicopter AG 3 1.5 km N of LSZB w/o

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Photo: Department of Civil Aviation, Australia

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jul-2015 16:00 TB Added
20-Dec-2016 18:10 TB Updated [Operator, Nature]
31-Oct-2018 10:32 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Nature, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 19:41 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]
10-Dec-2018 20:22 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2018 16:49 Cobar Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]

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