Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47G2, VH-KHL, Moorabbin VIC, 7 January 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot, who did not hold an instructor rating, was conducting a trial instructional flight. Prior to DEPARTURE, he had briefed the passenger on the functions of the various controls in the helicopter. On the downwind leg of the circuit, the passenger was allowed to handle some of the controls. The aircraft was subsequently placed in a hover at about five feet above the ground, and the passenger was invited to attempt to control the helicopter by use of the anti-torque pedals and the cyclic control. The passenger overcontrolled the aircraft, and the pilot was unable to prevent it from striking the ground in a steep nose-down attitude. Following the impact a fire broke out and destroyed the aircraft. No mechanical fault was subsequently discovered which might have led to the development of the accident. The pilot had undertaken the flight because no qualified instructor had been available at the time the passenger arrived, and he wished to avoid potential embarrassment to the company.

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General details
Date: 07 January 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1128    
Location: Moorabbin    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 17 April 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-KHL  
Serial number 2020  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Moorabbin VIC  
Departure time 1121  
Destination Moorabbin VIC