Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 269 C, VH-FHJ, Jarra Creek, 13 km WNW Tully QLD, 27 October 1985

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot advised that during the approach he did not notice a piece of blue plastic tarpaulin in long grass adjacent to the landing area. As he lowered the collective control after touchdown, there was a loud bang and the aircraft began to shake violently. Main rotor RPM had virtually ceased before the pilot was able to shut down the engine. As the aircraft became stationary the pilot noticed a piece of the tarpaulin was attached to one of the main rotor blades. The pilot had not previously landed at this property, and was unaware that the tarpaulin had been left on a loading ramp. It had evidently been lifted into the air by rotor slipstream and had then fallen into the rotor disc. This caused one blade to become partially detached, with resulting imbalance of the rotor system and a short period of ground resonance.

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General details
Date: 27 October 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1350    
Location: Jarra Creek, 13 km WNW Tully    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 January 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 269  
Aircraft registration VH-FHJ  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Walkamin QLD  
Departure time 1350  
Destination Jarra Creek QLD