Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47 G2, VH-KHL, Bankstown NSW, 11 August 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After landing, the pilot was taxying the aircraft along a marked taxyway between two hangars. Several aircraft were parked in the vicinity, and the pilot taxied at a slightly higher level than normal in order to reduce the effects of downwash. He suddenly noted cables just above eye level, and banked steeply to the left in an effort to avoid a collision. However, the main rotor blades struck and severed the cables, which were a pair of disused Telecom lines strung between the hangars, and both blades then struck the ground. The cables were not marked, and at the point where they crossed the taxyway they were 6.6 metres above the ground.

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General details
Date: 11 August 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 30 October 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-KHL  
Type of operation Business  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hoxton Park NSW  
Departure time 1600  
Destination Bankstown NSW