Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rescue hoist cable failure involving AS 350 B3, VH-UAH, Bulga, NSW, on 5 February 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a cable failure from a rescue hoist fitted to an Airbus AS 350 helicopter, registered VH-UAH, Bulga, NSW, on 5 February 2020. 

The helicopter crew were conditioning the cable during the conduct of maintenance on the rescue hoist when the cable failed. There were no injuries.

As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will interview the crew, examine the rescue hoist and fractured cable, and collect other evidence including maintenance records and technical data.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 05 February 2020   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bulga   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Infrastructure - Other  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters  
Aircraft model AS 350 B3  
Aircraft registration VH-UAH  
Serial number 7861  
Operator Aviation Utilities  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bankstown, New South Wales  
Destination Bankstown, New South Wales  
Last update 06 July 2020