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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230
Last updated: 19 April 2019
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Date:18-JAN-2001
Time:13:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Preston Helicopter Services
Registration: VH-PHG
C/n / msn: 2820
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km North of Bencubbin, WA -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Koorda, WA
Destination airport:Northam, WA
Narrative:
On January 18, 2001 at 13:05 WST (Western Standard Time) The helicopter was destroyed by impact and post impact fire when it collided with a power line and went out of control during a power line survey, 3 km North of Bencubbin, Western Australia. There were no hazard markings on the power lines and, in the prevailing conditions of low contrasting light, they would have been very hard to identify. Of the three persons on board, two (pilot and one passenger) sustained fatal injuries, and the other passenger sustained serious injuries.

The ATSB found that, although when the pilot began flying casually for the operator he had successfully completed a check flight, the flight had not included any specific training and checking as regards power line surveys/inspections. Also, neither of the power company employees on board the flight had undergone any formal training from their employer or the operator to enable them to carry out their roles in helicopter power line inspections as required in the operator's Operations Manual.

The investigation found that the only published guidance and operating standard in Australia for helicopter power line work was the Electricity Supply Association of Australia Ltd (ESAA) document 'Guidelines for Use of Helicopters for Live Line Work,' August 1995. Neither the power company sub-division nor the helicopter operator were aware of this document and, consequently, the ATSB said, their procedures were inadequate for the task

Sources:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2001/AAIR/aair200100252.aspx

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation R20010202 issued 26 February 2002 by ATSB to CASA
Safety recommendation R20010203 issued 26 February 2002 by ATSB to CASA
Safety recommendation R20010204 issued 26 February 2002 by ATSB to Electricity Supply Association of Australia (ESAA)
Safety recommendation R20010205 issued 26 February 2002 by ATSB to Electricity Supply Association of Australia (ESAA)
Safety recommendation R20010206 issued 26 February 2002 by ATSB to Electricity Supply Association of Australia (ESAA)
Safety recommendation R20010207 issued 26 February 2002 by ATSB to Electricity Supply Association of Australia


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
26-Aug-2016 22:30 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 12:18 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source]

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