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The helicopter was being ferried from Perth to Mount Newman by two pilots who were taking turns as pilot -in -command. After an overnight stay at Meekatharra the flight was resumed and a headwind of 12-15 knots was encountered. At Kumarina the aircraft was refuelled from drums carried in the aircraft and, in an effort to minimise the headwind component, the pilot flew at an extremely low height, following part of the old Great Northern Highway. At a point where the old road Joins the new highway, the helicopter struck a steel bracing wire stretched across the highway between two telephone poles. The aircraft crashed to the roadway and was destroyed by Impact forces.
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General details
Date: 09 August 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300 WST  
Location:Kumarina Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 27 November 1969 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-BHE 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Kumarina
Departure time:1240
Destination:Mount Newman
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Last update 13 May 2014