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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181045
Last updated: 22 April 2021
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Date:03-NOV-2015
Time:14:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 365N3+ Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:State of Western Australia - Commissioner of Police
Registration: VH-WPX
Msn: 6936
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Jandakot (YPJT), WA -   Australia
Phase: Standing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Jandakot (JAD/YPJT)
Destination airport:Jandakot (JAD/YPJT)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
A maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade following a test flight. ATSB describe as a 'FOD issue'.

A spanner that had been used during the track and balance related adjustments could not be located. It was later located on an adjacent taxiway about 43 m from the hangar. Due to the scuff marks and scratches found on the spanner, it was determined that it had been left in the rotor head area and was likely ejected during the aircraft start up.

Sources:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2015/aair/ao-2015-127.aspx
https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7890052
http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/tool-control-rotor-fod/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5770449/ao-2015-127-final.pdf

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

Media:


Images:

Photo of VH-WPX courtesy AirHistory.net


Perth - Jandakot (YPJT / JAD)
24 January 2020; (c) Kurt Finger

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Nov-2015 10:04 Pineapple Added
16-Nov-2015 08:31 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Narrative]
19-Nov-2015 00:00 Geno Updated [Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
25-Nov-2015 10:37 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source]
27-May-2016 08:00 Aerossurance Updated [Total occupants, Phase, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2016 08:37 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
08-Sep-2020 16:06 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]

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