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A Bell 206 helicopter was returning from a fire mapping operation along the Colo River at low altitude. Both the pilot and passenger were reported to be looking for wires when the helicopter main rotor struck a single wire that was strung steeply between two poles. The helicopter was operating approximately 300 ft above ground level. The helicopter immediately landed to conduct an inspection for damage, before returning to the operating base. A detailed examination by a LAME was conducted at the base before the helicopter was returned to operational service.
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General details
Date: 28 November 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:45 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 25 February 1998 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206B (III) 
Aircraft registration: VH-AZH 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Wilberforce Base NSW
Destination:Wilberforce Base NSW
 
 
 
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