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

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.

 

Updated: 8 August 2017

The draft report review is progressing and now anticipated for release to directly involved parties (DIP) for comment in October 2017. Following consideration of feedback, the final report is anticipated to be released to the public in November 2017.

 

Updated: 22 May 2017

Completion of the draft investigation report has been further delayed by competing priorities and workload. It is now anticipated for release to directly involved parties (DIP) for comment in June 2017. Feedback from those parties over the 28-day DIP period on the factual accuracy of the draft report will be considered for inclusion in the final report, which is anticipated to be released to the public no later than August 2017

 

Updated: 13 January 2017

The draft investigation report is complete and in management review. This review has been delayed by workload and competing priorities. It is anticipated that the draft report will be released to the directly involved parties in February 2017.

 

Update: 4 October 2016

The investigation is continuing and a draft investigation report is planned for release to directly involved parties for comment in November 2016. Feedback from those parties on the factual accuracy of the draft report will be considered for inclusion in the final report, which is anticipated to be released to the public in December 2016.

 

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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