Helicopter Bell UH-1B Iroquois Serial 1023 Register A2-1023 used by Royal Australian Air Force. Aircraft history and location
Written off 1981
|Royal Australian Air Force|
|1981-08-19||RAAF d/d 1964|
w/o 19aug81 Williamtown NSW due tail rotor failure
|w/o 19aug81 |
A2-1023 Crashed into marshland on 19/08/81 1km north of Williamtown NSW near what is now 45 Richardson Road Medowie. Tail rotor drive failure. One of the tail rotor pitch control cables fouled the tail rotor drive shaft. This caused the failure of the tail rotor drive and ended when the main rotor blades separated. The main rotor struck the cabin and broke away from the rotor shaft. Crew; Pilot, FLTLT Adrian Bryant (Co-Pilot) Sqnldr Derek John Knights (O317786) and SGT Brian Wilson. Adrian Bryant (as testament to his commitment to aviation) had a Tigermoth on the base and flew on week ends. Sadly Brian Wilson was an exchange crewman from RAAF Amberley while the regular guy was on holidays, He was driving home as soon as A2-1023 landed. FLT Adrian Bryant was the SAR Flight Pilot and Sqnldr Derek Knights was assisting with the Flight.