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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214971
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 269C
Registration: VH-WPP
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bathampton, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Leigh Holme, QLD
Destination airport:Epping Forest, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
About five minutes after takeoff, the pilot heard a change in engine note and felt a slight yaw to the left. This occurred several times in quick succession. The pilot reduced power and commenced a descent towards a disused mining area. At about 200 feet above ground level, the engine failed and an autorotational descent was set up. As the pilot was attempting to manoeuvre the helicopter into wind and clear of some mullock heaps, the helicopter touched down heavily on the rear of the landing skids and the tail rotor struck the ground. The main rotor then severed the tail boom and the helicopter came to rest ten metres from the initial point of impact. The engine oil cooler supply line was too short for its length of run and was routed past a stud on one of the magnetos. The stud abraded the line to the point where it caused it to leak and the loss of oil resulted in the engine seizing.


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

Revision history:

02-Sep-2018 04:22 Pineapple Added

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