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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213856
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G-5
Owner/operator:Helicopter Transport Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-PDJ
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Approx. 15.5km WNW of Townsville, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:2km NW of Saunders Beach, QLD
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BASI
The main rotor blades made contact with objects on the deck of the barge and three bystanders were struck by flying debris. The helicopter then fell into the water and subsequently the pilot swam clear of the wreckage. The cause of the accident was that the helicopter was operated in unsafe proximity to the barge.


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

Revision history:

31-Jul-2018 00:00 Pineapple Added

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