Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 206 L-1, VH-FTV, Port Douglas QLD, 11 February 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had decided to discontinue the flight due to deteriorating weather conditions. As he was approaching Port Douglas the visibility decreased to the extent that he was unable to maintain visual contact with the coastline. The pilot said that he decreased power to reduce forward speed in an attempt to maintain visual contact, and shortly after this he felt a bump and directional control was lost. The aircraft landed in about 1.5 metres of water some 600 metres from the shoreline. Damage to the tailrotor blades and gearbox, which had separated from the aircraft, indicated that the tailrotor had struck the water before separation.

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General details
Date: 11 February 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 630    
Location: Port Douglas    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 28 February 1989   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-FTV  
Serial number 45241  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Port Douglas QLD  
Departure time 0612  
Destination Lockhart River QLD