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.
|Date:||19 September 1998||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1430 hours EST|
|Location:||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 manufacturer||Bell Helicopter Co|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||10 NM SW Kajabbi|
|Departure time||1300 hour EST|
|Destination||10 NM SW Kajabbi|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|