Aviation safety investigations & reports

Agusta Bell B206B, 14 km SE Karratha WA, 13 July 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After consultation with his passengers regarding the expected duration of the return survey flight, the pilot decided that he needed only one 200 litre drum to refuel. Just short of Karratha he advised the passengers that he would have to land due low fuel state. During the descent the engine stopped, due to fuel starvation, and the helicopter was substantially damaged in the resulting heavy landing on a dirt road, in fading light. The pilot was unfamiliar with the fuel system installed in the aircraft. The duration of the return flight was increased by a requirement to complete an extra task. However, when the pilot became aware that insufficient fuel remained to complete the flight with the required reserves, he elected to continue the flight to the planned destination. The landing was only attempted when the pilot became concerned that all the fuel would be exhausted before arrival at the destination. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation _

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General details
Date: 13 July 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1658    
Location: 14 km SE Karratha    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 09 March 1988   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-BEQ  
Serial number 8032  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Yandeearra WA  
Departure time 1658  
Destination Karratha WA