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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207918
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369D
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
Departure airport:7km E of Port Augusta, SA
Destination airport:7km E of Port Augusta, SA
Investigating agency: BASI
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.


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


Photo of VH-MHE courtesy

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

Revision history:

20-Mar-2018 16:03 Pineapple Added

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