Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Robinson R22 Beta, VH-KZV, 130km ENE of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, on 24 November 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 Beta, VH-KZV, 130km ENE of Alice Springs Airport, Northern Territory on 24 November 2018.

The helicopter collided with terrain about 130km ENE of Alice Springs Airport. A passenger and pilot were on board. The passenger sustained serious injuries and the pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed.

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: 24 November 2018   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
Location   (show map): 130km ENE of Alice Springs   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
Expected completion: 4th Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22 Beta  
Aircraft registration VH-KZV  
Serial number 4454  
Operator Hewitt Cattle Australia  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ambalindum Station, NT  
Last update 03 December 2018