Incident Bell 206B VH-HPO,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206330
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Date:Wednesday 16 January 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206B
Registration: VH-HPO
MSN: 3349
Year of manufacture:1981
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Heron Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Heron Island, QLD
Destination airport:Gladstone, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported he heard a loud bang and the helicopter immediately yawed to the right. The pilot deployed the helicopter's emergency floats and conducted a successful autorotational forced landing on the water. A subsequent investigation revealed that the main rotor tie-down had not been stowed properly in the rear locker and became entangled around the tail boom and tail rotor. The tail rotor drive shaft was subsequently sheared.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
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