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Updated: 8 August 2017

Completion of the draft investigation report is undergoing management review and anticipated for release to directly involved parties (DIP) for comment in September 2017. Feedback from those parties over the 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 in November 2017.

 

Updated: 4 October 2016

As part of the ongoing investigation the ATSB has:

  • interviewed the passenger and a number of other personnel
  • examined the pilot’s records and aircraft documentation
  • reviewed the weather conditions at the time of the accident.

Work has commenced on the draft investigation report, which is anticipated for release to directly involved parties in December 2016. Comments from those parties on the factual accuracy of the draft report will be considered for inclusion in the final investigation report.

Figure 1: Example of an R22 Beta helicopter
Example of an R22 Beta helicopter
Source: Robinson Helicopter file photo

 

Published: 8 April 2016

The ATSB is investigating an accident involving a Robinson R22 helicopter near Cape Tribulation, Queensland on 7 April 2016.

 The helicopter, with a pilot and passenger on board, collided with water at a position reported to be about 800 m off Cape Tribulation, Queensland.

The passenger exited the helicopter and swam to shore. A search is underway for the pilot and the helicopter.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will:

  • interview the passenger and any witnesses
  • examine the aircraft and pilot documentation
  • review the weather conditions at the time of the accident

Witnesses are asked to call the ATSB on 1800 020 616. 

 
General details
Date: 07 April 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 19:35 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):near Cape Tribulation Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending  
Expected completion: November 2017  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-YLY 
Serial number: 4491 
Type of operation: Unknown 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
 
 
 
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Last update 08 August 2017