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The flight was planned as a one hour inspection of tourist spots in the Isdell River area, 175 km north-east of Derby. The helicopter departed the base camp at Silent Grove, 15 km south-east of Mount Hart Station, landed once during the flight, and was returning to the base camp when the crash occurred. The crash site was 8 km north of the camp.

All occupants received serious injuries in the crash. One passenger, who appeared to be the most able, walked to the base camp to get help. He arrived there shortly after first light the next day. The wreckage, and the other occupants were found at approximately 1100 on the day after the crash. One passenger died during the night.

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General details
Date: 27 June 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1030 WST  
Location   (show map):8kmN SilentGrove,175kmNE Derby Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Fuel exhaustion 
Release date: 27 March 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-AHU 
Serial number: 2166 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Silent Grove, WA
Departure time:0900 WST
Destination:Silent Grove, WA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 0101
Serious: 1203
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