Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aerospatiale AS350-B, VH-OTV, Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island (022`/42 km Brisbane Airport) QLD, 3 March 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was flying a night approach to a beach landing area marked by a circle of lights consisting of three motor vehicles and six flashing strobe lights. The approach was flown over water in conditions described as very dark, with no visible horizon below 500 feet altitude. The pilot reported that the approach appeared to be proceeding normally when, at what he thought was about 200 feet altitude, the helicopter suddenly yawed right and struck the water. No fault was found with the helicopter which might have contributed to the accident. Wreckage examination indicated that the helicopter contacted the water while in a right skid and that the main and tail rotors were under power at impact.

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General details
Date: 03 March 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1926    
Location: Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island (022`/42 km Brisbane Airport)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 31 July 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale Industries  
Aircraft model AS350  
Aircraft registration VH-OTV  
Serial number 1905  
Type of operation Business  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mt Cootha, Brisbane QLD  
Departure time 1905  
Destination Comboyuro Point QLD  
Last update 16 November 2015