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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207845
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 269C
Registration: VH-UFX
MSN: 470593
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:38km E of Napier Downs, WA -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Triad Mine, WA
Destination airport:Erskine Oil Depot, WA
Investigating agency: BASI
After flying through some heavy showers, the pilot detected a vibration in the aircraft. He knew that the main rotor abrasion tapes sometimes came loose in rain, and when he detected a performance loss, he suspected that loose tapes may have been the reason for the vibration. He decided to land to remove the tapes. With maximum power selected, the pilot could not arrest the sink rate during the approach for the run on landing, and the helicopter landed heavily and bounced. As a result of the hard landing, the main rotor blades severed the tail boom. Damage to the main rotor blades was such that it could not be determined if the blade tape had lifted prior to the accident. No other defects were discovered that could have contributed to the loss of performance.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

26 May 1988 VH-UFX 0 16km W of Meda Station, WA sub
2 Jan 1997 VH-UFX 0 Fitzroy Crossing, WA sub

Revision history:

19-Mar-2018 08:52 Pineapple Added

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