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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) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 02 February 2006 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1102
Serious: 0101
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Last update 10 March 2016