The ATSB is investigating the hard landing of a UH-1H helicopter, registration VH-OXI, near Crawford River, north of Port Stephens, NSW on 7 December 2019.
During aerial fire control operations, the pilot detected a tail rotor issue, disconnected the water bucket and commenced a precautionary landing. The helicopter subsequently made a hard landing, resulting in substantial damage.
As part of the investigation the ATSB will interview the pilot and review other available data.
A 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 relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
|Date:||07 December 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||54 km north of Williamtown Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Hard landing|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft model||OAS Parts UH-1H|
|Operator||Touchdown Helicopters Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|