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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216067
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aerospatiale AS 355F1
Registration: VH-NWA
MSN: 5267
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bankstown Airport (YSBK), Bankstown, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:North Ryde, NSW
Destination airport:YSBK
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating:
During the downwind leg of the circuit, the pilot heard a sharp cracking noise, which was accompanied by a vibration in the airframe. He also noted that the transmission oil pressure warning light had illuminated. A precautionary landing was carried out, and an initial inspection revealed that a transmission cowling had become detached in flight. The cowling had struck the main rotor disc, and a piece of debris had then hit a tail rotor blade. The design of the latches of the cowling is such that they can appear to be locked when they are actually in an unsecured position. It was possible that the pilot had not fully secured the cowling during his pre-flight inspection. However, the locks were not recovered and the precise reason for the cowling opening in flight could not be established. A detailed examination failed to reveal any reason for the illumination of the oil pressure warning light. It was likely that the warning was spurious, probably being generated by moisture around the pressure sensing switch wiring.


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


Photo of VH-NWA courtesy

Sydney - Schofields (YSFS) (closed)
9 November 1985; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

06-Oct-2018 11:19 Pineapple Added
05-Feb-2022 22:04 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn, Country]
18-Mar-2022 12:12 Ron Averes Updated [Country]

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