Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269C, VH-THV, 31 km SW of Hay Point QLD, 30 August 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft began the outbound flight with full tanks and an anticipated endurance of 312 minutes. On the return flight, at about 90 kilometres from the destination, the low fuel warning light illuminated. The pilot landed at a property close by and added 30 litres of fuel to the helicopter before continuing the flight. However, the engine failed due to fuel exhaustion some 20 kilometres from the destination. During the subsequent forced landing, which occurred 14 minutes after last light, the helicopter rolled over.

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General details
Date: 30 August 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1830    
Location: 31 km SW of Hay Point    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 03 June 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-THV  
Serial number 880710  
Type of operation Business  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Peak Downs QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Hay Point QLD