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Updated: 2 November 2017

The ATSB is investigating an in-flight break-up involving a Robinson R44 helicopter, registered VH-ZNZ, with two persons on board, 41 km north-west of Mossman, Queensland, on 18 November 2016. The pilot was seriously injured and transported to hospital and the passenger was fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact forces and post-impact fire.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB have:

  • collected and reviewed aircraft and pilot documentation, including maintenance records
  • reviewed the operation and flight
  • reviewed the weather conditions affecting the flight
  • interviewed the pilot
  • visited the accident site and examined wreckage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB have requested analysis of the weather forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology.

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


General details
Date: 18 November 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 12:44 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Mount Windsor, 41 km NW Mossman  Occurrence type:In-flight break-up 
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Fatal 
Expected completion: February 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 II 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZNZ 
Serial number: 11954 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mossman, Qld
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Last update 01 November 2017