Aviation Photo #1115729 Aerospatiale SA-330J Puma - Untitled

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Built 1978. Ex G-BFKZ, VH-WOF, G-BFKZ. Seen after return from onshore oil support contract with Pacific Helicopters in PNG. Oil rigs drilling in mountains between 3,000ft-9,000ft above sea level, so Puma was stripped of floatation gear (as seen here), radomes etc. Later painted in Mayne-Bristow colours as VH-WOF. W/o 12.5.91 Mermaid Sound, Dampier- on marine pilot pick-up from departing LNG tanker in night VFR conditions, entered vortex ring state and ditched. Stayed afloat for over 2 hrs.
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    David Eyre
    Aerospatiale SA-330J Puma
    Aerospatiale SA-330 Puma
    Aerospatiale SA-330 Puma
    Western Australia
    September 1, 1986
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