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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 phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):near Emerald Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 14 November 2018