Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure involving an Airbus Helicopters AS355F-1, VH-SEV, Bankstown Airport, NSW on 12 March 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an engine failure involving an Airbus Helicopter AS355F-1, registered VH-SEV, that occurred at Bankstown Aerodrome, NSW on 12 March 2018

During landing, the pilot experienced a suspected failure of the no. 2 engine and shut it down. After landing, smoke and fire was detected emanating from the engine cowls. Post-flight, it was determined the exhaust ducts had become detached and the exhaust collector was badly damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the engine and affected components, obtain technical and recorded data and interview relevant personnel.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 12 March 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 8:28 ESuT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bankstown Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters  
Aircraft model AS355F-1  
Aircraft registration VH-SEV  
Operator Rotor Head  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  
Last update 10 July 2019