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.
|Date:||22 November 2004||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||12 km SW Dunedoo, (ALA)|
|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 manufacturer||Bell Helicopter Co|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Dubbo, NSW|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|