Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Bell 206, VH-SDZ, near Emerald Airport, Queensland on 18 November 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Bell 206B, VH-SDZ, near Emerald Airport, Queensland, on 18 November 2017.

During aerial work, the pilot detected an abnormal noise and conducted a precautionary landing. As it landed, the helicopter rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage.

The ATSB will be investigating the factors that contributed to the occurrence.

General details
Date: 18 November 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 14:30 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Emerald Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206B  
Aircraft registration VH-SDZ  
Serial number 4648  
Operator Helistar Aviation  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Middlemount, Qld  
Destination Middlemount, Qld  
Last update 08 February 2019