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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209737
Last updated: 11 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E)
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
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.


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


Photo of VH-HWL courtesy

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

Revision history:

22-Apr-2018 15:54 Pineapple Added

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