The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving Eurocopter AS350 VH-SZS, which occurred 66km east of Woomera, South Australia, on 20 March 2019.
During powerline stringing operations, the helicopter came into contact with a tower and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured.
The ATSB deployed a team of five transport safety investigators to the accident site.
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.
|Date:||20 March 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||10:48 CSuT||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Carrapateena Mine, 66km east of Woomera||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||South Australia||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft model||AS 350 B3|
|Operator||Aeropower Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|