Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47 G5A, VH-BHQ, Strathmore, 160km East of Normanton QLD, 27 July 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was engaged in mustering cattle out of thick undergrowth. As he was moving the helicopter slowly forward, while checking the undergrowth for any remaining cattle, the main rotor moved under the overhanging branch of a large tree. The pilot attempted to move the helicopter down and to the right but the main rotor struck the overhanging branch. The helicopter impacted the ground and caught fire. The tree trunk was camouflaged by rubber vine, which constituted much of the undergrowth and probably reduced the pilot's awareness of the proximity of the tree.

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General details
Date: 27 July 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000    
Location: Strathmore, 160km East of Normanton    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 10 February 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-BHQ  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Strathmore QLD  
Departure time 1000  
Destination Strathmore QLD