Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kawasaki Bell 47, VH-JKX, 20 km south-west of Argyle WA, 16 September 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The flight was one of a number of sorties connected with a feral animal control program. Each sortie was approximately two hours duration. When approximately 32 kilometres north of Turkey Creek whilst returning from a sortie, the aircraft suffered an engine failure due to fuel exhaustion. An auto-rotation from approximately 150 feet above ground level was initiated. The most suitable landing site was an area of light timber surrounded by some larger trees with numerous ant hills nearby. At a height of approximately 15 feet above the ground, the pilot introduced pitch control to place the aircraft into a high flare in order to avoid a run-on landing into the trees and ant hills. The aircraft subsequently made a heavy touchdown.

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General details
Date: 16 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1408    
Location: 20 km south-west of Argyle    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 15 May 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-JKX  
Serial number 47B3BKH4  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Turkey Creek Homestead WA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Dunham River Homestead WA