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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216437
Last updated: 18 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-LED
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Avenel, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:YMNG
Destination airport:YMNG
Investigating agency: BASI
The purpose of the flight was to film a moving train. Prior to commencing the operation, the pilot made an aerial inspection of the area and mentally noted the various obstructions. On the second filming run the helicopter suffered a wirestrike with power lines at a height of 33 feet above ground level. The helicopter descended and struck the ground about 50 metres beyond the point of collision. It then bounced and came to rest on its side. The pilot was highly experienced in aerial photography and survey operations. At the time of the accident, visibility was reduced to less than 2 kilometres in light rain. One of the poles supporting the power lines was hidden from the pilot's view by a large tree. It was also possible that the pilot had flown outside the area he had previously inspected, as he had not been aware of the presence of the particular set of wires.


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

Revision history:

20-Oct-2018 01:31 Pineapple Added
18-Jan-2020 17:14 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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