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The ATSB is investigating a near collision involving Bell 407, registered VH-VHU and unknown aircraft, near Cairns Airport, Queensland, on 5 February 2017.

During the climb, at about 900 ft the pilot detected another aircraft in close proximity and conducted a descent. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilots and gather additional information as required.

A report will be released in several months.

General details
Date: 05 February 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 16:46 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Cairns Airport Occurrence type:Near collision 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: August 2017  
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 407 
Aircraft registration: VH-VHU 
Serial number: 53524 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Cairns, Qld
Destination:Cairns, Qld
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Departure point:Unknown
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Last update 01 August 2017