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The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving an Airbus (Eurocopter) Helicopters EC135 helicopter near Cooranbong, NSW.

Following feedback from the public, the ATSB has consolidated its updates to improve understanding of the latest status of the investigation. Below is the latest update on this investigation.

 

Updated: 21 March 2018

The draft report was released to directly involved parties (DIPs) on 5 March 2018 for their comment in the interest of natural justice and to ensure the factual accuracy of content.

As of 20 March 2018, submissions from some DIPs had been received and that feedback is currently being reviewed before the report proceeds to the next phase. If new evidence becomes available that impacts upon the investigation findings, or the factual accuracy of the report, the ATSB may make changes to the report before its public release.

Pending the outcomes of this important process, it is anticipated the final report will be released during the second quarter of 2018.

The ATSB remains mindful that delays in our reports can generate frustration and uncertainty. Therefore, the ATSB will continue to adopt proactive measures to ensure all directly involved parties are kept informed of our progress. The ATSB has also commenced a concentrated work program that will position us to prioritise and accelerate a number of investigations that have overrun planned duration while taking into consideration our available resources.

 

Updated: 10 November 2017

The draft report is expected to be released to directly involved parties before the end of 2017. Pending the outcomes of this important process it is anticipated the final report will be released during the first quarter of 2018.

The ATSB remains mindful that delays in our reports can generate frustration and uncertainty. Therefore, the ATSB will continue to adopt proactive measures to ensure all directly involved parties are kept informed of our progress. The ATSB has also commenced a concentrated work program that will position us to prioritise and accelerate a number of investigations that have overrun planned duration while taking into consideration our available resources.

 

Update: 10 December 2015

The on-site stage of the investigation has been completed and included:

  • examination of the wreckage
  • surveying the accident site
  • interviewing witnesses who observed the helicopter prior to the accident
  • the retention of a number of helicopter components and electronic devices for further examination at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

The investigation is continuing and will include examination and analysis of:

  • any data able to be downloaded from the recovered electronic devices
  • the operational aspects of the flight including weather information and witness reports
  • the helicopter’s maintenance records.

 

Update: 11 November 2015

The investigation team is continuing their work at the accident site. This includes documenting the position of the wreckage and gathering as much information as possible from a detailed examination of the helicopter structure, engines and components. Information is also being gathered from a variety of sources including witness interviews, air traffic control radar and radio tapes, weather data, pilot records and maintenance documentation.

The team are expected to be on site for another two days.

 

10 November 2015

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving an Airbus Helicopters EC 135 helicopter near Cooranbong, NSW.

A team of three investigators with specialisations in engineering and aircraft operations have been deployed to the accident site. They are expected to reach the site this afternoon.

Once on-site, the team will initially liaise with police before examining the aircraft wreckage, interviewing any witnesses and collecting any relevant aircraft and pilot documentation. Weather, aerodrome and ATC or other recorded information will also be gathered and examined.

The investigators are seeking witness reports that might assist the investigation. Any witnesses are requested to please contact the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

 
 
 

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General details
Date: 07 November 2015 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 19:25 ESuT Investigation phase: Final Report: External Review 
Location   (show map):near Cooranbong Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
  
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Eurocopter 
Aircraft model: EC135 T1 
Aircraft registration: VH-GKK 
Serial number: 0103 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Breeza, NSW
Destination:Sydney, NSW
 
 
 
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Last update 17 April 2018