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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209452
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B (III)
Registration: VH-PHZ
C/n / msn: 1887
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Carrum Downs, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Carrum Downs, VIC
Destination airport:Carrum Downs, VIC
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot became concerned about the low fuel quantity on approach and advised his company that he was landing in a paddock 7 nautical miles south-south-east of Moorabbin. He also requested that fuel be brought to him. After landing and shutting down the engine, the pilot realised that the nearest access to the aircraft by road was blocked by a canal and a fence. Therefore, he decided to reposition the aircraft. After starting the engine and having hover-taxied a short distance at about 10 feet above the ground, the helicopter's engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. The aircraft touched down, on the rear of its landing skids, on uneven terrain. The main rotor severed the tail boom and the helicopter rolled over.


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


Photo of VH-PHZ courtesy

Adelaide - International (YPAD / ADL)
15 November 1987; (c) David Tanner (via Daniel Tanner)

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17-Apr-2018 15:27 Pineapple Added

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