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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224
Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Time:10:43 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Lloyd Helicopters Pty. Ltd.
Registration: VH-PCR
MSN: 3500
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 Km north east of Facing Island, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Gladstone, QLD
Destination airport:Heron Island, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
Whilst en route from Gladstone to Heron Island and flying at 1,500 feet, the pilot reported that he had felt a 'sudden jolt'. The pilot transmitted a MAYDAY. He advised that the aircraft had experienced a severe jolt and that he was returning to Gladstone. A short time later he advised that he was ditching near Facing Island.

The wrecked helicopter was recovered 5 kilometres north east of Facing Island in 24 metres of water. Of the four persons on board, the pilot and one male passenger drowned. One female passenger drowned and one survived.

The helicopter was recovered at latitude 230'16" S longitude 151'24" E at a position 20 km NE of Gladstone and about 5 km from Facing Island, the nearest landmass.


1. ATSB Occurrence Nr. 199302216 at

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

Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
30-Mar-2015 15:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Aug-2016 17:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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