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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214970
Last updated: 24 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-PHB
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wattamolla, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Wattamolla, NSW
Destination airport:Albion Park, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
The helicopter had been chartered because the passenger's farm had been isolated by flood waters. The crew carried out a survey of the area before landing to check the suitability of the chosen site. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft collided with a power line which was about 25 feet above ground level, and then struck the ground heavily about 15 metres beyond the line. Both the pilot and the crewman reported that they had sighted the power line during the survey prior to landing. However, the pilot subsequently forgot the presence of the line and conducted a shallow climb after takeoff. Because the rear seat cushions were wet, the passenger was placed in the front seat, while the crewman occupied a rear seat. When he became aware that the helicopter was climbing at a shallow angle, he reminded the pilot to beware of the wires. The pilot then saw the power line directly ahead of the aircraft, but was unable to avoid the collision.


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

Revision history:

02-Sep-2018 04:18 Pineapple Added

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