Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 206L-1, VH-BJX, Sth Mt Hayward, 85 km SSE of Leigh Creek SA, 29 March 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As part of a communications propagation test, personnel were to be positioned in the Oraparinna National Park by helicopter. One person was being lowered by winch when, at about 3 metres below the helicopter and 4 metres above the ground, his harness became detached from the winch hook and he fell to the ground. The reason for the harness becoming detached from the winch hook could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 29 March 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1040    
Location: Sth Mt Hayward, 85 km SSE of Leigh Creek    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 15 August 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-BJX  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point "Oraparinna" 102 km SSE of Leigh Creek SA  
Departure time 1040  
Destination South Mt Hayward  
Last update 13 May 2014