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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212860
Last updated: 23 September 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-AJI
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mt Perisher, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Standing
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:Perisher Valley, NSW
Destination airport:Mt Perisher, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
Because the external load could not be released electrically, the pilot landed on snow to allow an assistant to release the load manually. After the load was released, the assistant had moved to the pilot's window to discuss the next load when the rear of the left skid began to sink into the snow. The pilot attempted to correct the situation but the main rotor struck the ground and the aircraft rolled over. The helicopter was not fitted with any load spreading devices for operations in snow. Although the pilot had tested the load bearing capacity of the snow, the technique did not provide sufficient indication that the snow could not support the aircraft. An intermittent electrical malfunction is believed to have caused the cargo hook failure.


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

Revision history:

04-Jul-2018 09:32 Pineapple Added

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