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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207573
Last updated: 24 August 2021
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Date:10-NOV-1993
Time:09:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Owner/operator:
Registration: VH-ECT
MSN: 45166
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:142km WNW of Burketown, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:13km E of Camp Ridgeway, QLD
Destination airport:18km E of Camp Ridgeway, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
The helicopter was engaged in moving a portable drilling rig from one site to another. Just after the aircraft became airborne the sling cable (which was not carrying any load) became momentarily caught on the rig before freeing itself and striking a main rotor blade. The helicopter impacted the ground a short distance later, killing two of the three occupants.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1993/aair/aair199303718/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24245/ASOR199303718.pdf

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


Images:

Photo of VH-ECT courtesy AirHistory.net


Caloundra (YCDR / CUD)
11 October 1991; (c) AustAirData Collection

Revision history:

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