Registered in March 1970, VH-MIA was delivered to Carpentaria
Exploration in Papua
New Guinea where its excellent hot and high performance was put to good
Carter photographed it at Bankstown prior to delivery . In
May 1974 it was transferred
the new Papua New Guinea register as P2-MIA before returning to
Australia in Nov-
ember 1977. VH-MIA was damaged in a accident at
Gosford, NSW, on March 22,
1980. It was shipped back to the United States for
repairs and became N9045F.
helicopter was destroyed in a crash at Jacksonville, Florida on June
being operated by a TV station for traffic reporting when the tail
rotor drive shaft
suffered a fatigue failure and N9045F spun into the ground, killing
those on board.