Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 300 Model 269B, VH-IHK, Low Rocky Point, Tas, 17 December 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was trained on the Hughes 200 Model 269A and was issued with a commercial licence (Helicopters) on the 15th December, two days before the accident. The licence endorsement for the Hughes 269 covers both the Model 269A and 269B. Before flying the Model 269B solo, the pilot was accompanied on a local flight for about one hour by the owner of the helicopter. The aircraft was then flown solo by the pilot from Waratah to Strahan where the passenger was picked up. He then flew to Low Rocky Point, in good weather conditions, arriving to observe a wind of about 10 knots from the south. The helipad was a cleared area surrounded by 4 feet high scrub. Approaching to the hover on the northern end of the pad the aircraft began to roll to the right. The pilot stated he attempted to correct the roll with left-cyclic control and initially with some collective, but the aircraft continued to roll to the right even with full left cyclic control. The collective was lowered but the main rotor blades struck the scrub on the right of the aircraft, and the aircraft came to rest on its right hand side.
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General details
Date: 17 December 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1230 TST    
Location: Low Rocky Point    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 11 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-IHK  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Strahan  
Departure time 1130  
Destination Low Rocky Point  
Last update 13 May 2014