On 19 August 2012 at about 1520 Eastern Standard Time, a Kawasaki Heavy Industries 369HS helicopter, registered VH-JWJ, was approaching a landing site at Konwack, Victoria. As the helicopter approached the intended landing site the ‘engine out’ caution light illuminated, accompanied by the low rotor revolutions per minute (RPM) horn and a loss of power.
The pilot immediately lowered the collective to enter autorotation, but then increased the position of the collective lever to clear a line of trees directly in his path. Clearing the trees, the pilot was able to maintain speed by keeping the nose of the helicopter down while descending. The right skid contacted the ground and was torn off, taking the tail boom with it. The aircraft skidded for about 80 m before coming to rest. The pilot was uninjured while the passenger sustained a minor head wound.
The cause of the reported power loss could not be determined. The accident highlights the value of restraints and helicopter safety helmets for both pilots and passengers.
|Date:||19 August 2012||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1520 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||20 December 2012||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Serious|
|Departure point||Tyabb, Vic|