Accident Aerospatiale AS 350B VH-ECU,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216476
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Date:Thursday 23 October 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aerospatiale AS 350B
Registration: VH-ECU
MSN: 1064
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Harriet C Offshore Platform, 115km WNW of Dampier, WA -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Lowendal Island, WA
Destination airport:Harriet C Offshore Platform, WA
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that on late final approach he lost all visual reference due to sunglare. He decided to carry out a go-around but heard a loud noise and the helicopter started to rotate. He was able to fly the aircraft clear of the platform before it descended into the sea. As the aircraft sank the pilot exited through the left door and after inflating his life jacket swam to the platform. Witnesses on the platform reported that the tail rotor struck the platform. No fault was found with the aircraft that may have contributed to the occurrence. It is considered likely that on encountering the loss of visual reference, the pilot inadvertently placed the helicopter in a tail-low attitude causing the tail section to strike the platform. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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


Revision history:

21-Oct-2018 01:40 Pineapple Added
22-Dec-2021 18:21 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport]

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