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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221210
Last updated: 20 May 2019
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Date:28-JAN-2019
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic S64 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane
Owner/operator:Erickson Inc
Registration: N173AC
C/n / msn: 64015
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gippsland, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A helicopter crashed into a reservoir during water uplift for fire fighting operations. Crew swam to shore and are OK.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating (AO-2019-008) the collision with water involving a Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane helicopter, N173AC, near Jericho, Victoria, on 28 January

During aerial fire control operations, at about 1956, the helicopter collided with water and came to rest inverted resulting in minor injuries to the three crew and damage to the helicopter.

Sources:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2102740499817112&id=513636732060838
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-29/firefighting-water-bomber-helicopter-crashes-in-gippsland-dam/10757292
ex.66-18413, PR-HRB.
https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/28/22/05/victoria-news-water-bombing-plane-crash-jericho-mount-gregory-thomson-dam-bushfires


Images:

Photo of N173AC courtesy AirHistory.net


Gawler (YGAW)
6 March 2010; (c) Andrei Bezmylov

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Jan-2019 11:08 Sherlock Added
28-Jan-2019 11:10 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Jan-2019 11:12 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
28-Jan-2019 13:37 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Jan-2019 06:59 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Jan-2019 07:11 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
29-Jan-2019 13:24 A.J. Scholten Updated [Source, Embed code]
02-Feb-2019 16:38 Anon. Updated [Damage, Narrative]

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