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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212655
Last updated: 17 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B
Registration: VH-EPQ
MSN: 219
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Bringelly, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:YSCN
Destination airport:Bringelly, NSW
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 31 July 2013 at about 1500 Eastern Standard Time, an instructor and pilot under review departed Bankstown, New South Wales, in a Bell 206B helicopter, registered VH‑EPQ, to conduct a Helicopter Flight Review. The pilot under review flew the helicopter to just south of Bringelly to conduct aerial work.

The crew conducted practice autorotations with intent to go around at about treetop height. The instructor reported that because they intended to go around, the flare was conducted higher than if they had intended to land on the ground.

At the commencement of the last autorotation, the instructor noticed that the pilot was heavy on the controls. At the flare point, the instructor attempted to increase the throttle, but he was unable to apply pressure in time. At that stage, the helicopter was too low to be able to apply power and go around, but too high for a normal landing flare.

The helicopter struck the ground heavily and one rotor blade touched the tail cone resulting in substantial damage, the crew were uninjured.


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

Revision history:

27-Jun-2018 09:06 Pineapple Added

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