Aviation safety investigations & reports

Potential power loss - Schweizer 300C helcopter, VH-FUJ, 19 km south Long Hill (ALA), Tasmania, 25 January 2012

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Status: Completed
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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.

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General details
Date: 25 January 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600 EDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 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 details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schweizer Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-FUJ  
Serial number S1608  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Scottsdale, TAS  
Destination Devonport, TAS  
Last update 14 November 2018