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Collision with terrain involving Kawasaki Heavy Industries 369HS, VH-JWJ, near Inverloch, Vic, 19 August 2012

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Status: Completed
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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.

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General details
Date: 19 August 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1520 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Inverloch    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 20 December 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries  
Aircraft model 369  
Aircraft registration VH-JWJ  
Serial number 6643  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Tyabb, Vic  
Destination Konwack, Vic.  
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