Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R44, VH-ZWK, near Naracoorte South Australia on 13 March 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a R44 helicopter at Bool Lagoon, South Australia.

The pilot of the helicopter was conducting spraying work when the helicopter struck a powerline and then collided with terrain. The pilot received minor injuries and the helicopter was destroyed.

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

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, 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: 13 March 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1428 CSuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bool Lagoon   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R44  
Aircraft registration VH-ZWK  
Serial number 1994  
Operator Helifarm Pty Ltd  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bool Lagoon SA  
Destination Bool Lagoon SA  
Last update 14 June 2019