ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139746
Last updated: 29 April 2017
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Narrative:On 29 October 2011 a Bell Helicopter Company B206 BII Jetranger, registered VH-AYP, departed Maitland Aerodrome, Rutherford, approximately 5 km from Maitland, New South Wales for a local training flight with an instructor and student on board.
Bell 206B JetRanger II
|Owner/operator:||Hope Estate Events Pty. Ltd.|
|C/n / msn:|| 1896|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Maitland Airport, Rutherford, approx 5 km from Maitland, NSW -
|Departure airport:||Maitland Airport, NSW (YMND)|
|Destination airport:||Maitland Airport, NSW (YMND)|
On descent into the aerodrome, the instructor demonstrated a practice autorotation from 1,000 ft above ground level (AGL). The demonstration was not a planned exercise for the flight. It was intended that engine power would be restored and the autorotation would cease before ground contact, as a power termination.
The aircraft was levelled at approximately 5ft to 10ft AGL and the collective raised in anticipation of a power termination. At the same time, the low RPM horn sounded and light illuminated. The throttle had not been opened completely as required and was wound to the full open position as the helicopter settled to the ground.
The helicopter landed heavily and sustained serious damage.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|