Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hard landing of a UH-1H helicopter, VH-OXI, near Crawford River, New South Wales, 7 December 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 07 December 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 54 km north of Williamtown Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer OAS  
Aircraft model OAS Parts UH-1H  
Aircraft registration VH-OXI  
Serial number 64-13497  
Operator Touchdown Helicopters Pty Ltd  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 10 December 2019