Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Bell 206B helicopter, VH-FHW, south-west of Jabiru, NT, on 21 May 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 21 May 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 10:30 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 107 km south-west of Jabiru   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Unknown  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206B  
Aircraft registration VH-FHW  
Serial number 2838  
Operator Jayrow Helicopters  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Unknown  
Last update 02 December 2019