Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving EC130 helicopter, VH-YHS, 19 km SSE Mansfield (ALA), Victoria, on 19 January 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of an EC130 helicopter, registered VH-YHS, 19 km SSE Mansfield (ALA), Victoria, on 19 January 2019.

The pilot reported that during the initial climb at about 3 m, the helicopter began to yaw and roll to the left at an increasing rate. The pilot then initiated a landing during which the helicopter rolled over. The helicopter was substantially damaged but no one was injured.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and obtain other relevant evidence and information.

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: 19 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:00 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 19 km SSE Mansfield   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Eurocopter  
Aircraft model EC130B4  
Aircraft registration VH-YHS  
Serial number 4080  
Operator Microflite  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 19 November 2019