Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aerospatiale SA365C-1, VH-PVF, Essendon VIC, 13 September 1988

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Status: Completed
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The helicopter pilot was being examined by a Civil Aviation Authority Examiner of Airmen for a rappelling endorsement. The helicopter and crew were also involved in rappelling refresher training for police crewmen. While the helicopter was in a stable hover at 80 feet AGL over an obstacle free area and in ideal weather conditions, two trained crewmen rappelled from the helicopter. Both crewmen departed the helicopter simultaneously but the crewman on the right side misjudged the time for braking before ground contact and struck the ground heavily.

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General details
Date: 13 September 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Essendon    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 05 April 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale Industries  
Aircraft model SA365  
Aircraft registration VH-PVF  
Serial number 5042  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Essendon VIC  
Departure time 1422  
Destination Essendon VIC  
Last update 16 November 2015