Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell Helicopter Co 206B, VH-CSH, 30 October 2004

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


At about 1215 EST on 30 October 2004, the pilot a of Bell Helicopter Company206B helicopter was engaged in aerial work operations in support of a plague locust control campaign. Also on board were two persons who were assisting the pilot in locating and determining the size of the locust infestation.

The helicopter was operating at a low level approximately 10 km south-west of Dunedoo NSW, when it struck powerlines and impacted the ground heavily. The pilot and the rear seat occupant suffered fatal injuries, while the remaining passenger suffered serious injuries.

The investigation found that the occupants of the helicopter were generally aware of the existence and location of the powerline during their operations.

General details
Date: 22 November 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1440 ESuT    
Location   (show map): 12 km SW Dunedoo, (ALA)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 02 February 2006   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-CSH  
Serial number 358  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Dubbo, NSW  
Destination Dubbo, NSW  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 2874.0 10084
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Serious: 0 1 0 1
Total: 1 2 0 3
Last update 10 March 2016