Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell Helicopter 47G-3B1, VH-BHE, Kumarina, WA, 9 August 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The helicopter was being ferried from Perth to Mount Newman by two pilots who were taking turns as pilot -in -command. After an overnight stay at Meekatharra the flight was resumed and a headwind of 12-15 knots was encountered. At Kumarina the aircraft was refuelled from drums carried in the aircraft and, in an effort to minimise the headwind component, the pilot flew at an extremely low height, following part of the old Great Northern Highway. At a point where the old road Joins the new highway, the helicopter struck a steel bracing wire stretched across the highway between two telephone poles. The aircraft crashed to the roadway and was destroyed by Impact forces.
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General details
Date: 09 August 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300 WST    
Location: Kumarina    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 27 November 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 47  
Aircraft registration VH-BHE  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Kumarina  
Departure time 1240  
Destination Mount Newman  
Last update 13 May 2014