Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 206B, VH-BHC, "Pasodoble", Hoskinstown (20 km SE Canberra), NSW., 6 January 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Just after lift off, the pilot initiated a climbing left turn and the helicopter struck a powerline about 120 metres from the take-off point. Control of the helicopter was lost, it impacted the ground and rolled inverted. The occupants were able to evacuate the wreckage before it was destroyed by fire. The pilot was not aware of the existence of the powerline and did not see it during a pre-take off check of the DEPARTURE path. The nearest support pole indicating the existence of the powerline was surrounded by trees and the mottled background afforded a poor contrast for the detection of the wires.

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General details
Date: 06 January 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100    
Location: "Pasodoble", Hoskinstown (20 km SE Canberra), NSW.    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 10 May 1985   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-BHC  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point "Pasodoble", NSW.  
Departure time 1100  
Destination "Woolcara", NSW. (10 km S "Pasodoble")