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In-flight fire involving Eurocopter, AS 350BA, VH-HEB, 51 km west of Ceduna, SA, 19 June 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 19 June 2012 at about 1645 Central Standard Time, a Eurocopter AS-350BA helicopter, registered VH-HEB (HEB), was en-route from Ceduna to Border Village, South Australia when abnormal fumes were detected in the cockpit. The pilot conducted an emergency landing. Once on the ground, the passenger exited the aircraft and noticed smoke and fire emanating from the aft cargo compartment. The pilot and passenger left the vicinity of the helicopter, which was subsequently destroyed as a result of the fire. This accident highlights the importance of having appropriate practices and procedures in place for the transport of dangerous goods and conducting remote area operations.

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General details
Date: 19 June 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1645 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 51 km west of Ceduna    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 20 December 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Eurocopter  
Aircraft model AS350  
Aircraft registration VH-HEB  
Serial number 2713  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ceduna, SA  
Destination Border Village, SA  
Last update 14 November 2018