Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47-G2, VH-KHK, "Toorey Plains" 50 nm East of Balranald NSW, 1 March 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported the aircraft had been flying for about two hours in low-level operations over his property. Shortly after placing the helicopter into a steep climbing turn the engine suffered a complete loss of power at a height of about 150 feet, and an airspeed of 30 knots. The aircraft was over scrub covered terrain. In the resulting forced landing the tail boom was severed by the main rotor and a landing skid was buckled. The pilot said there was an estimated 20 litres of fuel remaining but suspected the engine may have lost power due to fuel starvation as a result of the manoeuvres performed. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation. The information contained in this report was supplied by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 01 March 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: "Toorey Plains" 50 nm East of Balranald    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 03 January 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-KHK  
Serial number 2022  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point "Toory Plains" NSW  
Departure time 1330  
Destination "Toory Plains" NSW