Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269C, VH-THW, 42km NE of Normanton QLD, 22 July 1978

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Status: Completed
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The helicopter was involved in cattle mustering operations. It was being flown at about 50 to 100 feet agl when a sudden yaw to the right developed. Attempts by the pilot to regain control of the aircraft were unsuccesful and it landed heavily while still rotating to the right. Both the occupants were thrown clear of the aircraft which caught fire immediately. The extensive fire damage to the aircraft inhibited the inspection of the wreckage. As a result, no reason for the apparent loss of control could be determined.

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General details
Date: 22 July 1978   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110    
Location: 42km NE of Normanton    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 12 December 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-THW  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Delta Downs QLD  
Departure time 955  
Destination Delta Downs QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014