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Huey UH-1 structural damage VH-UHX

Old 23rd Nov 2019, 08:39
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Huey UH-1 structural damage VH-UHX

Rumour is that the Huey was attempting to lift a heavy object and may have apparently become caught in trees, rumour only.
Allegedly the machine has suffered severe structural damage but still flown from the Tully (Qld) area back to Cairns, so the rumour goes.
Flight Aware shows the machine in the area on the 15th Nov.

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Old 24th Nov 2019, 07:56
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Lifting a tractor I heard.

I would imagine the old bird wouldn’t be a big lifter particularly this time of the year in the tropics.

Any idea what it can lift on the hook on a good day?
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Old 24th Nov 2019, 21:55
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Not very much. A tractor would come in at a few tonnes; even dismantled into parts.
I think this is more about the pilot qualifications? Was the aircraft operating on an AOC?, ground support crew, Risk analysis, Safety management systems.
Do these old Military machines operate under a concession or are they fully up to civil specification.
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Do these old Military machines operate under a concession or are they fully up to civil specification
Structurally there is no difference, though they have a different TCDS, the cargo hook is good for 4,000 pounds.
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Not very much. A tractor would come in at a few tonnes; even dismantled into parts.
I think this is more about the pilot qualifications? Was the aircraft operating on an AOC?, ground support crew, Risk analysis, Safety management systems.
Do these old Military machines operate under a concession or are they fully up to civil specification.
UH1H’s are restricted category, usually operating under an AOC under AWK function.

As for the rest it depends on the company and what is in the ops manual etc.
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