ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207427
Last updated: 3 August 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369HS
Registration: VH-XAX
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gladstone, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Gladstone, QLD
Destination airport:
The pilot reported that, before starting the engine, he completed a routine daily inspection and found no defects. Approximately three minutes after startup, as the engine was being accelerated for take off, the pilot heard a loud noise and felt the aircraft start to vibrate. The throttle was closed and the engine shut down. Inspection found that one of the stainless steel abrasion strips from a tail rotor blade had delaminated causing a serious imbalance of the tail rotor drive system. The out of balance situation caused the tail rotor gearbox to separate from its mounting. The particle separator (airbox) was also damaged by the abnormal flexing of the tail rotor drive.


Revision history:

12-Mar-2018 20:04 Pineapple Added

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description