Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269 C, VH-KLQ, Scartwater Station (194 km South Townsville) QLD, 28 November 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting cattle mustering operations. Weather conditions at the time were very hot, with a 10 to 15 knot wind. The pilot advised that while flying downwind at 30 knots and 80 feet above the ground, he commenced a pedal turn to the right. After some 90 degrees the turn suddenly stopped and the aircraft sank rapidly to about 35 feet above the ground. The main and tail rotors struck trees, but the pilot was able to maintain control and fly the helicopter to a clear area, where a safe landing was made. No defect was found with the helicopter or its systems which may have contributed to the occurrence and the reason for the loss of control, reported by the pilot, was not determined. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 28 November 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: Scartwater Station (194 km South Townsville)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 04 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-KLQ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Scartwater QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Scartwater QLD