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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214160
Last updated: 18 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hiller UH-12E
Registration: VH-FFT
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:146km NE of Charleville, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:146km NE of Charleville, QLD
Destination airport:Boxland Station, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot had landed the helicopter in a clearing in order to refuel from drums carried in the aircraft. During the subsequent take-off into the strong wind prevailing, downdraft was experienced as the aircraft approached a heavily timbered area. A turn was carried out to avoid the trees but the combined effects of the downdraft and the downwind turn resulted in the helicopter touching down heavily. The impact forced the landing skids rearwards, bending the associated vertical support members.


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

Revision history:

07-Aug-2018 11:07 Pineapple Added
08-Aug-2018 11:33 Pineapple Updated [Damage]

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