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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.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 14


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