Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47G-3B2, VH-SUC, Tin Pan Creek NT ( 30 km NE Jabiru ), 25 September 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had reportedly been shut down for about an hour. After refuelling, the aircraft was started and the pilot noticed smoke coming from under the seat. He shut down the engine and by this time flames were seen under and around the back of the engine. The pilot grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to another aircraft for assistance. Attempts to put out the fire were reportedly thwarted by the heat of the fire and as there was a significant quantity of ammunition on board, everyone hid behind a tree until the fire burnt out.

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General details
Date: 25 September 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location   (show map): Tin Pan Creek NT ( 30 km NE Jabiru )    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 04 April 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-SUC  
Serial number 6774  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Tin Pan Creek NT  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Megan Valley NT