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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70401
Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Date:09-DEC-2009
Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Owner/operator:Commercial Helicopters (op. NSW Rural Fire Service)
Registration: VH-MJO
MSN: 45745
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:In a rainforest, 5km SE of Dorrigo, on the mid-north coast, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Dorrigo NSW
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
On 9 December 2009, the pilot of a Bell Helicopter Co. 206L-1 Longranger, registered VH-MJO, was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) flight at Dorrigo NSW, with one passenger on board. Shortly after takeoff, he encountered reduced visibility conditions due to low cloud. Subsequently, all visual reference with the horizon and the ground was lost. The pilot attempted to conduct a landing but the helicopter impacted the ground with a significant vertical force. As a result, the pilot was seriously injured and the passenger was fatally injured. The helicopter was seriously damaged.

Sources:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2009/aair/ao-2009-077.aspx


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Dec-2009 06:51 RobertMB Added
10-Feb-2010 03:14 harro Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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