Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Bell 206L-1, VH-NBR, at Banks Peak, Moa Island, Queensland, on 22 April 2020

Investigation number:
AO-2020-023
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Bell 206L-1, VH-NBR, at Banks Peak, Moa Island, Queensland, on 22 April 2020.

During final approach, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and two passengers were recovered and taken to hospital for their injuries.

As part of the investigation, investigators will be interviewing the pilot and passengers, reviewing recorded flight data, and examining operational records.

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: 22 April 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0813 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Banks Peak, Moa Island   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206L-1  
Aircraft registration VH-NBR  
Serial number 45232  
Operator Nautilus Aviation  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Destination Banks Peak, Moa Island, Queensland  
Last update 06 July 2020