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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the collision with terrain of a BK117 helicopter, which occurred at approximately 2pm near Ulladulla, New South Wales on 17 August 2018.

Four investigators from Brisbane and Canberra will travel to the accident site overnight to begin the evidence collection phase of the investigation. This will include the examination of the wreckage, interviewing witnesses, and obtaining any available recorded data for analysis, amongst other activities.

The evidence collection phase will define the size and scope of the investigation and determine the expected timeframe for the completion of a final report.

Any witnesses to this accident are encouraged to complete an online form at www.atsb.gov.au/witness or to call 1800 992 986.

A report will be published at the completion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 17 August 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1400 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):near Ulladulla, Jervis Bay SW 38 km  Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries 
Aircraft model: BK117 B-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-JWB 
Serial number: 1094 
Operator: Sydney Helicopters 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Unknown
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Last update 20 August 2018