Aviation safety investigations & reports

Control issues involving Bell Helicopter 505, registration VH-VTB at Double Island, Queensland on 15 July 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a control issue involving Bell Helicopter 505, registered VH-VTB that occurred at Double Island, Queensland on 15 July 2022.

The pilot conducted a run-on landing after hearing a loud noise and experiencing an uncommanded yaw to the right during approach. The engineering inspection revealed the bearing forward of the oil cooler blower had failed.

A final 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 safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 15 July 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 16:19 EAST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Double Island   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Control issues  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 505  
Aircraft registration VH-VTB  
Serial number 65031  
Type of operation Part 133 Air Transport operation - Rotorcraft  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Radisson Pier, Queensland  
Destination Cairns Airport, Queensland  
Last update 27 July 2022