Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 206, VH-BHY, Adelaide SA, 12 March 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the initial climb after take-off, before the translational lift was obtained, the check pilot closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The aircraft touched down heavily on the rear of the left pop-out float and pitched forward onto the right float. It then rolled backwards bending the rear of the tail boom, which was then severed by the main rotor. The crew shut the helicopter down before evacuating the aircraft. The pilot under check attempted to arrest the descent rate too early with collective. The check pilot attempted too correct this but was unable to do so prior to ground contact.

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General details
Date: 12 March 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Adelaide    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 12 November 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-BHY  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Adelaide SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Adelaide SA