Collision with terrain involving Bell 206B helicopter, VH-FHW, south-west of Jabiru, NT, on 21 May 2019 - new investigation
During aerial work, the crew conducted a forced landing. The helicopter subsequently collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage and serious injury to one occupant and minor injuries to the other two occupants.
Collision with terrain involving Diamond DA40, VH-MPM, 42 km west of Southport Aerodrome, Queensland, on 26 September 2017 - final report release
Operators and pilots should clarify with manufacturers the extent to which the early stages of a spin are permissible and ensure that aircraft are always operated in accordance with limitations.
Runaway and collision between 'J' class and 'Nagasaki’ class trams, Sydney Tramway Museum, Loftus, NSW, on 15 May 2016 - final report release
The investigation highlights the importance of ensuring that any changes to a risk-control process do not reduce that risk control’s effectiveness.
Electrical systems event involving Airbus A330, VH-EBL, near Curtin, Western Australia on 14 May 2019 - new investigation
During cruise, the autopilot disengaged and the crew received multiple warning messages relating to electrical systems. The crew completed the emergency checklists and diverted the aircraft to Broome, where the aircraft landed safely.
In-flight break-up involving Cessna 210B, VH-DBU, 30 km NW of Albany, Western Australia, on 24 October 2017 - final report release
The investigation found, for reasons that could not be established, abnormal operation of the aircraft produced high levels of unusual aerodynamic loading that exceeded the strength of the right wing and initiated an in-flight break-up and impact with terrain.
Making an early decision to land your helicopter during the onset of an abnormal situation will reduce the likelihood of an accident.
In an effort to encourage precautionary landings, the ATSB is encouraging helicopter pilots to ‘don’t push it, land it’ if they encounter an abnormal situation while in flight.
Jointly developed and supported by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA), ‘Don’t push it, land it’ is safety messaging that encourages all helicopter pilots, no matter their experience or the type of helicopter they fly, to make a precautionary landing if they experience a situation that just isn’t right.