Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aerospatiale AS350B, VH-SRB, Whistle Duck Creek (70km E Wauchope NT) NT, 22 June 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was supporting a survey team in the field and was positioning to pick up some team members. The landing site chosen had been used to drop off the team members and although level, it was situated on a rocky knob in a gully. The wind at the time was about twenty knots and gusting from the South-East. The pilot initiated an approach into wind, but elected to fly the aircraft partially sideways to overcome what he described as restricted visibility from the cockpit. Just before touchdown the gusty wind caused the tail to swing and the tail rotor struck a small cairn of rocks. The tail rotor, tail boom and drive train were damaged.

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General details
Date: 22 June 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1030    
Location: Whistle Duck Creek (70km E Wauchope NT)    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 03 August 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale Industries  
Aircraft model AS350  
Aircraft registration VH-SRB  
Serial number 1106  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point N/K  
Departure time N/K  
Destination N/K  
Last update 16 November 2015