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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223818
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Date:01-FEB-2018
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA
Owner/operator:
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Gold Coast Airport (YBCG), Coolangatta, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Coolangatta Airport, QLD (OOL/YBCG)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 1 February 2018, the helicopter was operating a charter flight with one pilot and five passengers from Gold Coast Airport.

At approximately 1300 Eastern Standard Time (EST), the pilot conducted visual checks of the seatbelts and doors and the helicopter commenced its takeoff, climbing to 500 feet. As the helicopter turned onto crosswind, the pilot detected a popping noise and turned around to see the main door was open. The pilot then slowed the helicopter to 80 knots and conducted a return to Gold Coast Airport.

Post-flight, the passengers were disembarked and the helicopter was inspected. The inspection revealed that the rear door window was missing and the door was unable to be closed. It is suspected that the door was not correctly secured prior to the flight.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/occurrence-briefs/2018/aviation/ab-2018-008/


Revision history:

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