Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269-C, VH-UOB, Lake Nash Station (160 km West of Mt Isa) QLD, 25 April 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that, while mustering an animal which had broken from the mob, one of the skids came into contact with the animal. This caused the helicopter to roll and strike the ground causing the tail boom to be severed and destroying the main rotor blades. The muster was being conducted in open country, with no trees in the area. The pilot had evidently allowed the aircraft to descend to an unsafe height during his attempts to return the particular animal to the mob. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 25 April 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1220 EST    
Location: Lake Nash Station (160 km West of Mt Isa)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 01 May 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-UOB  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lake Nash Station QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Lake Nash Station QLD