This Day in History: 1993-03-20

Robinson R22 Beta VH-LTX crashed at Tuggerah, 3 km south of Wyong, NSW on 20 March 1993. The helicopter had been hired by the pilot to take family members on scenic flights in the local area. It was observed operating at low level between Tacoma and the F3 freeway during the afternoon. During its fourth flight it was observed flying low over the F3 freeway on a southerly heading then making a rapid 180 degree turn onto a northerly heading which it maintained for a short time. It then turned to the east and descended into a shallow depression where it collided with high tension power lines some 47 feet above ground level. There were 2 fatalities and the aircraft was written off. Source: ATSB