Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269-C, VH-PHU, Laglan Station (100km WNW of Clermont) QLD, 24 August 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the final approach over a station dam, the helicopter lost height suddenly in a strong down draft. The right skid hooked under a power line which resulted in the loss of control of the helicopter which crashed upside down at the water's edge. A strong South-Westerly wind pattern was established over the area. The approach path was downwind from a stand of large trees.

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General details
Date: 24 August 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1340    
Location: Laglan Station (100km WNW of Clermont)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 13 September 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-PHU  
Serial number 790808  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Laglan Station QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Laglan Station QLD