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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211101
Last updated: 18 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B (II)
Registration: VH-SWH
C/n / msn: 1918
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Moorabbin Airport (YMMB), Moorabbin, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YMMB
Destination airport:YMMB
Investigating agency: BASI
The student pilot landed the helicopter gently with about 10 knots forward ground speed. During the ground slide, the landing gear skids encountered a dirt patch and dug in, causing the helicopter to lurch nose-down. The instructor took control and raised the collective. The helicopter momentarily became airborne before landing firmly. The combined effect of the lurch and the subsequent landing bent the skids, dislodged the aft cross tube supports and caused the main rotor blades to dent the cover to the tail rotor drive shaft.


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


Photo of VH-SWH courtesy

Adelaide - International (YPAD / ADL)
8 April 1985; (c) Gavin Hughes

Revision history:

16-May-2018 14:08 Pineapple Added

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