Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell Helicopter Co 47G-5, 25031

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Witnesses reported that pilot of the Bell 47 was conducting cattle mustering operations. He departed on a short flight to check for stray cattle on the side of a hill, opposite to where the main mob was located. A short time after the helicopter disappeared from view, the sound of an impact was heard. A search revealed that the helicopter had struck a single wire earth return (SWER) power line which was suspended between a post on top of the hill and another post well left of the probable flight path. One of the landing gear skids had caught the wire, upsetting the helicopter, and causing it to enter uncontrolled flight. It was not determined whether the pilot was aware that there was a wire in the area.

This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 19 September 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430 hours EST    
Location   (show map): 2 km W Kajabbi    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 August 1999   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-JGO  
Serial number VH-JGO  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point 10 NM SW Kajabbi  
Departure time 1300 hour EST  
Destination 10 NM SW Kajabbi  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 650
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014