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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207096
Last updated: 24 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Registration: VH-JOW
MSN: 45213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Waddy Point, Fraser Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Waddy Point, QLD
Destination airport:Nambour, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
The aircraft was engaged in a night VFR medical evacuation flight on Fraser Island when the pilot was forced to descend to about 1000 feet to remain below cloud level. While approaching the destination, the helicopter entered rain and the pilot commenced a descent. As the rain became heavier, the pilot decided he would be unable to make a turn to clear the area. The helicopter subsequently collided with two trees and the pilot closed the throttle and flared the helicopter, which came to rest upright at about 400m short of the threshold of the Orchid Beach airstrip.


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


Photo of VH-JOW courtesy

Bathurst (YBTH / BHS)
11 March 2019; (c) Jayden Laing

Revision history:

06-Mar-2018 09:13 Pineapple Added

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