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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 15 May 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
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
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Serious: 0202
Minor: 2002
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