Aviation safety investigations & reports

Sling loading incident involving Bell Helicopter 205, VH-HUE, 39 km SE of Talbingo, NSW, on 10 January 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a sling loading incident involving a Bell 205A-1 helicopter, registered VH-HUE, 39 km SE of Talbingo, NSW, on 10 January 2019.

During sling load operations, the load released and struck the loadmaster resulting in serious injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and witnesses.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.  

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 10 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 12:05 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 39 km SE of Talbingo   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Objects falling from aircraft  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 205A-1A  
Aircraft registration VH-HUE  
Serial number 30290  
Operator O'Driscoll Aviation  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Last update 24 January 2020