Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell Helicopter Co, 206B (III), VH-FHX, Ayers Rock, Aerodrome, NT

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the completion of a tourist flight the passengers were directed from the aircraft and the next load of passengers, who had been correctly briefed on approaching the helicopter while the engine was still operating, were accompanied by an attendant to the front of the helicopter. The pilot locked the controls and debarked to assist the attendant. One passenger failed to follow the instructions and passed to the rear of the aircraft, receiving fatal injuries when struck by the tail rotor.

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General details
Date: 10 August 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1425 CST    
Location   (show map): Ayers Rock, Aerodrome    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 23 April 1996   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-FHX  
Serial number 2822  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Ayers Rock, NT  
Destination Ayers Rock, NT  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 0 1 0 1
Total: 0 1 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014