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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210193
Last updated: 18 May 2019
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Date:08-JAN-1997
Time:16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G-3B1
Owner/operator:
Registration: VH-HGM
C/n / msn: 6597
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Leeton, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
The aircraft was engaged in an aerial spraying operation when the main rotor came into contact with a steel rod in the crop. The subsequent rotor imbalance resulted in a forced landing in which the aircraft landed heavily and the main rotor severed the tail boom.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1997/aair/199702020/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4930910/199702020.pdf

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


Images:

Photo of VH-HGM courtesy AirHistory.net


Sydney - Bankstown (YSBK / BWU)
3 July 1982; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

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