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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219562
Last updated: 15 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aerospatiale AS350B
Registration: VH-OTV
MSN: 1905
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Mt Coot-Tha, QLD
Destination airport:Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot was flying a night approach to a beach landing area marked by a circle of lights consisting of three motor vehicles and six flashing strobe lights. The approach was flown over water in conditions described as very dark, with no visible horizon below 500 feet altitude. The pilot reported that the approach appeared to be proceeding normally when, at what he thought was about 200 feet altitude, the helicopter suddenly yawed right and struck the water. No fault was found with the helicopter which might have contributed to the accident. Wreckage examination indicated that the helicopter contacted the water while in a right skid and that the main and tail rotors were under power at impact.


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

Revision history:

16-Dec-2018 07:17 Pineapple Added

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