On 25 January 2012, at about 1600 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, a Schweitzer helicopter company 300C helicopter (300C), registered VH-FUJ departed an agricultural property near Scottsdale Tasmania. The pilot was returning to his home base of Devonport at the conclusion of the day's aerial spraying activities. The pilot was the only person onboard.
Whist flying over heavily timbered country, the engine power reduced and the helicopter collided with the tree canopy before coming to rest on the ground.
The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the helicopter, which caught fire and was destroyed. The accident highlights the value of helicopter pilots wearing a helicopter safety helmet.
|Date:||25 January 2012||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1600 EDT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||19 km south Long Hill (ALA)|
|State:||Tasmania||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Release date:||25 June 2012||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Schweizer Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Serious|
|Departure point||Scottsdale, TAS|