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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215758
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EN28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Enstrom F28 F
Registration: VH-IPE
MSN: 715
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Narellan, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Narellan, NSW
Destination airport:Narellan, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot had been carrying out a series of joy flights at a rural field day. Refuelling was taking place from 200 litre drums, which had been placed in the shade of a large tree. On the second occasion that fuel was required, the pilot hover taxied to the drums, which were rolled out of the way on completion of the refuelling. As the pilot started to hover taxi again, the helicopter suddenly rose higher than anticipated and the main rotor struck the overhanging branches of the tree. One rotor blade de-laminated, severe vibration occurred, and the helicopter struck the ground heavily. With the helicopter hover taxiing two feet above the ground, there was only three feet of clearance between the rotor blades and the tree branches. The reason the helicopter rose sharply and struck the branches was not determined, but may have been the result of a wind gust.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-IPE courtesy

Redcliffe (YRED)
20 August 1999; (c) AustAirData Collection

Revision history:

28-Sep-2018 12:06 Pineapple Added
23-Aug-2019 16:57 A.J.Scholten Updated [Cn]

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