Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269C, VH-SMT, 27 km WSW of Moola Bulla Station WA, 18 June 1984

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had planned to carry out a cattle muster in conjunction with another aircraft. He had been late in departing his base but when he found the other aircraft had not yet arrived at the rendezvous point he decided to make a quick comfort stop. The helicopter was landed on a spinifex covered area and the pilot disembarked leaving the engine running. Shortly afterwards he noticed a fire underneath the helicopter and reboarded in an attempt to fly it away from the fire. The engine did not respond. The pilot disembarked and attempted unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire. He received burns to his hands and legs while unloading equipment and the helicopter was destroyed.

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General details
Date: 18 June 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 650    
Location: 27 km WSW of Moola Bulla Station    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 19 July 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-SMT  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Moola Bulla Station WA  
Departure time 0650  
Destination 37 km WSW of Moola Bulla Station WA  
Last update 13 May 2014