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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209737
Last updated: 11 August 2020
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Date:11-JUL-1996
Time:16:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E)
Owner/operator:
Registration: VH-HWL
C/n / msn: 0397E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:7km S of Coolangatta, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:YBCG
Destination airport:YBCG
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
The helicopter experienced an engine failure while flying about 50 metres offshore. In the subsequent forced landing, the helicopter landed heavily, coming to rest slightly nose-down in 30cm deep water. The main rotor blades flexed downward and severed the tail boom.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1996/aair/199602195/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4931994/199602195.pdf

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


Images:

Photo of VH-HWL courtesy AirHistory.net


Coolangatta (YBCG / OOL)
19 October 1991; (c) AustAirData Collection

Revision history:

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