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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207116
Last updated: 6 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1B
Registration: VH-NVV
C/n / msn: 715
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Nowra, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Nowra, NSW
Destination airport:Nowra, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
The aircraft was conducting a vertical takeoff near a McDonalds restaurant as part of a fundraising activity. At about 300 feet, the right rear cabin door separated from the aircraft whilst being closed by a crew member. Investigation revealed that the door lower track was cracked and deformed and the upper track had slight deformation sufficient to allow the door to separate from the aircraft. The first section of the crack in the lower track was discoloured indicating it had been present for some time. Maintenance procedures were amended to include a detailed inspection of the door and attaching hardware into the five weekly routine servicing schedule.


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

Revision history:

06-Mar-2018 12:19 Pineapple Added

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