Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 206B III, VH-BLP, Lake Eildon VIC, 26 March 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During a low-level photographic flight, the pilot made a shallow left turn at about 400 ft agl and a low forward speed. When he increased the rate of turn, the helicopter began a rapid turn to the right and the nose pitched up. The rotation continued for 3 to 4 turns during which the nose pitched up and down. The pilot had almost regained control when the helicopter struck the ground heavily on its skids and rolled onto its right side. The cause of the accident could not be conclusively determined but no mechanical defects were detected. The most probable cause was the operation of the helicopter in a mode that induced tail rotor stall and at a height that precluded a safe recovery following loss of control.

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General details
Date: 26 March 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1030    
Location: Lake Eildon    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 February 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-BLP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Eildon Aerodrome VIC  
Departure time 1030  
Destination Eildon Aerodrome VIC  
Last update 13 May 2014