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In preparing the aircraft for the next flight, the pilot turned on the valve for the medical oxygen system. Witnesses then heard a loud bang and gas escaping as the pilot was thrown clear of the aircraft, which caught fire and burned. The pilot received significant ear and chest injuries in the blast.

The Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority:
(i) conduct an audit of all emergency medical service oxygen-equipped aircraft to determine the equipment standards in Australian registered aircraft;
(ii) issue design standards for emergency medical service oxygen equipment installations;
(iii) issue maintenance requirements for emergency medical service oxygen equipment;
(iv) provide surveillance requirements for emergency medical service oxygen equipment in the Aviation Safety Surveillance Program;
(v) ensure flight crew are provided with appropriate instructions in the use of emergency medical service oxygen equipment in aircraft flight manuals or company operations manuals; and
(vi) provide educational material to the aviation industry on the installation, operation and maintenance requirements of emergency medical service oxygen systems.'

 

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General details
Date: 02 May 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230 hours EST  
Location   (show map):Tartrus, (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 08 September 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-CKP 
Serial number: 51373 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tartrus Station, QLD
Destination:Rockhampton, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandCommercial325.42540
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Serious: 1001
Total:1001
 
 
 
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