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10 December 2019

UH-1 crashes in Australia during fire fighting
Scrambe Magazine

On 7 December 2019, a New South Wales (NSW, Australia) UH-1H Huey waterbomber, owned by OAS Parts LLC but operated by Rural Fire Service / Touchdown Helicopters crashed during a fire fighting mission. The sole pilot survived the incident without any injuries.

UH-1 crashes in Australia during fire fighting
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The Huey was busy dropping retartand near the massive Jarrah Road fire in Crawford River, north of Newcastle, Mid North Coast, New South Wales.

The UH-1H, registration VH-OXI / 229 made a hard landing and subsequently lost both the main rotor and main gear box compartment during fire-fighting operations. The Iroquois has construction number 4204 assigned and is former US Army 64-13479. After its USAr career the helicopter was sold as N3147M in the mid-ninetees. It was assigned to the Australian civil aviation register as VH-OXI in October 2015.

UH-1 crashes in Australia during fire fighting