Investigation number
199702020
Occurrence date
State
New South Wales
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Aviation occurrence type
Forced/precautionary landing
Occurrence category
Accident

The helicopter was spraying a melon crop when the main rotor came into contact with a steel rod in the crop . The subsequent rotor imbalance necessitated a forced landing. The helicopter subseqently landed heavily, and the main rotor blades cut off the tail boom resulting in substantial damage. This accident was not reported.

Aircraft Details
Model
47G-3B1
Sector
Helicopter
Registration
VH-HGM
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Bell Helicopter Co