Aviation safety investigations & reports

Enstrom F28 F, VH-IPE, Narellan NSW, 1 March 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been carrying out a series of joy flights at a rural field day. Refuelling was taking place from 200 litre drums, which had been placed in the shade of a large tree. On the second occasion that fuel was required, the pilot hover taxied to the drums, which were rolled out of the way on completion of the refuelling. As the pilot started to hover taxy again, the helicopter suddenly rose higher than anticipated and the main rotor struck the overhanging branches of the tree. One rotor blade de-laminated, severe vibration occurred, and the helicopter struck the ground heavily. With the helicopter hover taxying two feet above the ground, there was only three feet of clearance between the rotor blades and the tree branches. The reason the helicopter rose sharply and struck the branches was not determined, but may have been the result of a wind gust.

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General details
Date: 01 March 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Narellan    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 22 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation  
Aircraft model F-28  
Aircraft registration VH-IPE  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Narellan NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Narellan NSW