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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215012
Last updated: 25 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 269C
Registration: VH-MSL
C/n / msn: 70-0943
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:62km SE of Karratha, WA -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Mardie Station, WA
Destination airport:Mundabullangana Station, WA
Investigating agency: BASI
As the helicopter was cruising at 1000 feet above ground level, the engine suffered a complete loss of power. An autorotation was commenced and the pilot headed the aircraft towards a clear area, to land. At the completion of the landing flare, the heel of the skids dug into the ground and the main rotor blades struck the tail boom. An examination of the engine determined that the fuel regulator diaphram stem had suffered a fatigue failure. This allowed the diaphram to shut off fuel flow to the engine. The pilot elected to carry out a zero speed touch down because he believed that the terrain was unsuitable for a run-on landing, but he misjudged the landing flare.


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


Photo of VH-MSL courtesy

Derby (YDBY / DRB)
14 March 1982; (c) William Gray (via David Carter)

Revision history:

03-Sep-2018 07:54 Pineapple Added
25-Sep-2019 08:08 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn, Source]

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