Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269A, VH-MQF, Barramundi Lagoon QLD, 14 August 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had been refuelled from drums at a refuelling point located at one end of the lagoon. The refuelling point was surrounded by tall trees, so the pilot decided to hover taxi out over the lagoon and to execute a takeoff from a more open area. The takeoff had to be initiated with a slight tailwind, and the pilot intended to turn and to depart upwind after the aircraft had obtained translational lift. As the pilot initiated the takeoff, the aircraft experienced a tailwind gust and began to lose height. In an attempt to check the descent the pilot overpitched the main rotor. The right skid contacted the water surface and the aircraft simultaneously pitched forward and rolled to the right before coming to rest on the lagoon bed. The two occupants evacuated the aircraft without injury.

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General details
Date: 14 August 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1200    
Location   (show map): Barramundi Lagoon    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 12 March 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-MQF  
Serial number 580872  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Abingdon Downs Station  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Abingdon Downs Station