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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218404
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Registration: VH-FTV
MSN: 45241
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Port Douglas, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Port Douglas, QLD
Destination airport:Lockhart River, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot had decided to discontinue the flight due to deteriorating weather conditions. As he was approaching Port Douglas, the visibility decreased to the extent that he was unable to maintain visual contact with the coastline. The pilot said that he decreased power to reduce forward speed in an attempt to maintain visual contact, and shortly after this he felt a bump and directional control was lost. The aircraft landed in about 1.5 metres of water some 600 metres from the shoreline. Damage to the tail rotor blades and gearbox, which had separated from the aircraft, indicated that the tail rotor had struck the water before separation.


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


Photo of VH-FTV courtesy

Melbourne - Essendon (YMEN / MEB)
11 June 1983; (c) Geoff Goodall (via David Carter)

Revision history:

23-Nov-2018 13:31 Pineapple Added

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