Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain – 7 km NNW Hornsby, NSW, 1 March 2008

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 1 March 2008, at about 1300 Eastern Daylight-saving Time the pilot of a Bell Helicopter 206B Jetranger III was flying over a property on a private flight with four passengers. Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter flying over the property at about 100 ft above ground level. At the completion of one pass, the helicopter was observed by witnesses on the ground to bank steeply to the left, roll out and descend into surrounding trees. The helicopter impacted the trees and was seriously damaged. One of the occupants was discovered outside the helicopter and all sustained serious injuries.

Examination of the wreckage did not indicate any mechanical defects that would have affected the safe operation of the helicopter.

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General details
Date: 01 March 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300 ESuT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 7 km NNW, Hornsby    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 October 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-NBP  
Serial number 4185  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command 139.2 323.6
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 0 0 1
Serious: 0 4 0 4
Total: 1 4 0 5
Last update 03 April 2020