Update: 21 May 2020
The investigation into the collision with terrain involving Bell 206B helicopter, VH-FHW, south-west of Jabiru, Northern Territory, on 21 May 2019 is continuing.
The investigation is nearing the end of the ‘Examination and analysis’ phase. During this phase, evidence is reviewed and evaluated to determine its relevance, validity, credibility and relationship to other evidence and to the occurrence.
ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed numerous information sources including:
- Aircraft maintenance details
- Interviews with involved parties
- Elements of cabin safety
- Elements of task design
Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.
The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Bell 206 helicopter, registration VH-FHW, south-west of Jabiru, Northern Territory on 21 May 2019.
During aerial work, the crew conducted a forced landing. The helicopter subsequently collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage and serious injury to one occupant and minor injuries to the other two occupants.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crew 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.
|Date:||21 May 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||10:30 CST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||107 km south-west of Jabiru||Investigation phase:||Examination and analysis|
|State:||Northern Territory||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Unknown|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bell Helicopter Co|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|