The ATSB has completed its examination of the cockpit voice recorder from a Sikorsky UH-60 helicopter, registered A25-204, on behalf of the Australian Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety (DDAAFS). The helicopter had been involved in an air safety occurrence during a training operation on 23 July 2010.
The Australian Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety is responsible for investigating this occurrence. On 10 August 2010, DDAAFS requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery of information from a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) that was fitted to the helicopter.
To protect the information supplied by DDAAFS to the ATSB, and the investigative work undertaken to assist the Directorate, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
The CVR was successfully downloaded on 13 August 2010 and a copy of the data file was provided to representatives from DDAAFS. The CVR was returned to the DDAAFS representatives following the download.
Information publicly released by DDAAFS is available on the Department of Defence website: www.defence.gov.au
Contact details for DDAAFS are:
Air Force Headquarters
Department of Defence
Canberra ACT 2600
Switchboard: (02) 6265 9111
Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.