Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bell 47G5 Helicopter, VH-PDJ, near Townsville, Qld, 11 October 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The main rotor blades made contact with objects on the deck of the barge and three bystanders were struck by flying debris. The helicopter then fell into the water and subsequently the pilot swam clear of the wreckage. The cause of the accident was that the helicopter was operated in unsafe proximity to the barge.

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General details
Date: 11 October 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1255 EST    
Location: 15.5 KM W.N.W. of Townsville    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 03 November 1975   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-PDJ  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point near Saunders Beach  
Departure time 1255  
Destination Saunders Beach  
Last update 13 May 2014