Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269C, VH-MZR, Rosella Plains (260 km WNW of Townsville) QLD, 22 July 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was making a landing approach, to an area not normally used for helicopter operations, at the conclusion of a stock mustering operation. The helicopter collided with a single wire telephone line then landed heavily, rolling onto its side as the skids collapsed. The pilot reported that the wire was normally difficult to see because of age discolouration and the long span between poles. On this occasion he had forgotten that the wire ran through the area and did not see it during the approach. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 22 July 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 850    
Location: Rosella Plains (260 km WNW of Townsville)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 08 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-MZR  
Serial number 1100995  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rosella Plains QLD  
Departure time 0850  
Destination Rosella Plains QLD