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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the collision with water of the twin-engine EC135 helicopter, VH-ZGA, which occurred approximately 35 km north-west of Port Hedland, Western Australia late on 14 March 2018.

While approaching a vessel to pick up a marine pilot, the helicopter was observed to collide with the water.

A team of Transport Safety Investigators are liaising with the helicopter operator, Police and other agencies as part of the investigation.

No further information about the accident is available at this time.

The ATSB will release a report into the accident once the investigation has concluded. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 14 March 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2347 AWST Investigation phase: Evidence-Collection 
Location   (show map):35 km NW of Port Hedland Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Eurocopter 
Aircraft model: EC135 P2+ 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZGA 
Serial number: 0777 
Operator: Heli-Aust Whitsundays 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Port Hedland, WA
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Last update 03 April 2018