Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aerospatiale AS355F1, VH-NJL, Kelmscott WA, 8 May 1992

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Status: Completed
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Aerospatial AS355F1 helicopter VH-NJL was to land on a sports oval as part of a police public relations display for school children. It approached from the north-east and entered a steep descent from about 22 m above ground level. The descent rate was reported to be higher than normal. This high descent rate continued until ground impact. The helicopter bounced and completed two anti-clockwise rotations before coming to rest. A small fire, which began in the engine bay, grew to completely destroy the helicopter.

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General details
Date: 08 May 1992   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0915 WST    
Location   (show map): Kelmscott    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 15 May 1993   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale Industries  
Aircraft model AS355  
Aircraft registration VH-NJL  
Serial number 5039  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Jandakot, WA  
Destination Kelmscott, WA  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 315 5264
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Serious: 0 2 0 2
Minor: 2 0 0 2
Total: 2 2 0 4
Last update 16 November 2015