Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47 G2, VH-UTU, Moonstone (56km NE Alpha) QLD, 19 June 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that the first flight of the day commenced at 0700 hours and landed to refuel after one hour and forty five minutes. She stated that before refuelling, she dipped the tank and noted that there was 15 to 20 litres of fuel remaining. The next flight commenced at 0900 hours, and at 1040 hours the helicopter departed the muster area to return to the refuelling point, which was about five minutes away. About two minutes later, the engine coughed once and then stopped. The aircraft was autorotated onto a cleared track, and during the landing the mainrotor struck the tailboom and the skids were bent. Inspection of the wreckage revealed that the fuel supply had been exhausted. This occurrence was not the subject of an on-site investigation and the above information was provided by the pilot and passenger.

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General details
Date: 19 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1045    
Location: Moonstone (56km NE Alpha)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 August 1989   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-UTU  
Serial number 20  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Moonstone QLD  
Departure time 0900  
Destination Moonstone QLD