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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122267
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Date:13-MAY-2011
Time:16:06 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Woodland Securities Pty. Lyd.
Registration: VH-XXW
C/n / msn: 7053
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bankstown Airport, Bankstown, near Sydney, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bankstown Airport, NSW (YSBK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
On 13 May 2011, at 1606 Eastern Standard Time, an Aérospatiale Eurocopter AS 350B3 helicopter, registered VH-XXW, impacted terrain at Bankstown Airport, New South Wales. As the result of the post-impact fire, the helicopter sustained serious damage.

The owner-pilot had earlier completed an 'air transit' at about 15-20 ft above ground level (AGL), from outside a hangar, to a grassed area south-west of the main helipad.

While stationary in a hover, with a recorded 15 kt wind onto the right front of the helicopter, and at about 10 ft AGL, the pilot decided to land on the grass. When the helicopter was about 2 ft AGL, the pilot stated that it suddenly rotated to the left in an anticlockwise direction. The pilot was unable to correct the anticlockwise yaw with progressive right pedal input. The pilot then raised the collective lever and climbed to about 10 ft AGL, completing about three to four, 360 º rotations.
At the same time, the pilot noticed the helicopter drifting towards a chain-wire fence adjacent to a freight building. During the uncontrolled anticlockwise yaw, the pilot reported that there were no visual or aural warnings. While still rotating, the pilot decided to conduct a forced landing and slowly lowered the collective lever. The helicopter contacted the ground, rolled onto its right side and was seriously damaged from the post-impact fuel fed fire. The pilot sustained minor injuries.

Air traffic control placed all traffic on hold, activated the crash alarm, notified the New South Wales Police Force, initiated the airport emergency procedures drill, and closed the airport.

Sources:

1. https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/3529338/ab2011128.pdf#page=84
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20120724021012/http://news.ninemsn.com.au:80/national/8248930/helicopter-crashes-at-bankstown
3. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/chopper-crashes-at-bankstown-20110513-1elxl.html

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-May-2011 03:22 gerard57 Added
14-May-2011 04:17 Anon. Updated [Source]
15-May-2011 16:17 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
16-May-2011 02:39 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
08-Aug-2014 21:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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