Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell B47G-5, VH-CSJ, Larry's Lake 37kmm NE Victoria River Downs NT, 31 July 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was one of two being used to muster a large paddock, and was being operated by an experienced mustering pilot with a trainee mustering pilot on board. At the completion of the paddock muster, the aircraft was carrying out yard up operations which required manoeuvres at low altitudes. Whilst chasing a breakaway beast, the pilot turned tightly and a main rotor blade contacted the ground. The aircraft tumbled forward and came to rest on its side. It is probable that the pilot was concentrating his attention on the escaping beast and did not pay sufficient attention to flying his aircraft.

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General details
Date: 31 July 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Larry's Lake 37kmm NE Victoria River Downs    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 February 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-CSJ  
Serial number 2653  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Larry's Lake NT  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Larry's Lake NT