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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207918
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:11-APR-1994
Time:07:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369D
Owner/operator:
Registration: VH-MHE
C/n / msn: 1160031D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Port Augusta Power Station, SA -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Calibration/Inspection
Departure airport:7km E of Port Augusta, SA
Destination airport:7km E of Port Augusta, SA
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
Following takeoff, the helicopter was about 30 feet above the ground when the pilot noticed that main rotor RPM was beginning to decrease. He reduced collective pitch but the helicopter lost height as the engine power slowly decreased towards flight idle. The flight could not be sustained with the power available and the pilot was forced to conduct a downwind run-on landing onto rough terrain. The tail rotor struck the ground and the tail boom was damaged by the main rotor blades. The engine was still running at reduced RPM when the helicopter came to rest.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1994/aair/199400876/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4933767/199400876.pdf

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


Images:

Photo of VH-MHE courtesy AirHistory.net


Adelaide - Parafield (YPPF)
14 November 2007; (c) Andrei Bezmylov

Revision history:

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