Accident Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II VH-ZMF, 09 Jul 2022
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 280195
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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
Owner/operator:NSW Helicopters Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-ZMF
MSN: 45285
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near South Maroota, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cattai, NSW
Destination airport:Upper MacDonald, NSW
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
At about 11:35 the Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II VH-ZMF departed Cattai for a private flight. At about 11:43, the helicopter broke-up in-flight and impacted terrain about 10 km to the north of the departure point.
The sole pilot, chief pilot of NSW Helicopters, died and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.

Contributing factors
- Sun position and pilot workload at the control zone boundary likely resulted in the pilot not identifying a potential airborne collision risk.
- While cruising at about 700 ft AMSL, the aircraft struck a wedgetail eagle just below the left windscreen.
- The pilot was likely startled by the birdstrike resulting in an abrupt control input, which led to the main rotor blades contacting the tail boom and subsequent in-flight break-up.

ex VH-MFF, N96HC

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

09-Jul-2022 06:03 gerard57 Added
09-Jul-2022 07:12 harro Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Category]
09-Jul-2022 07:14 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source]
09-Jul-2022 07:45 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative, Category]
09-Jul-2022 07:47 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
09-Jul-2022 13:50 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
10-Jul-2022 19:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
15-Jul-2022 06:14 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-May-2023 06:39 harro Updated [Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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