Engine power loss and collision with terrain, Bell 206B3 helicopter, VH-FHW 107 km south of Jabiru, Northern Territory, on 21 May 2019 - final report
Collision with terrain of a Bell JetRanger helicopter during feral animal culling highlights the importance of independent inspections following maintenance and the effective management of risks for low-level aerial shooting operations.
Drivetrain belt failure and forced landing involving a Robinson R44 II, registered VH-SXC, about 6 NM west of Hamilton Island, QLD, 3 February 2021 - new investigation
During cruise, the pilot detected fumes in the cockpit and noticed the clutch actuator light flicker, followed by an issue with the drivetrain belts and conducted a forced landing at a resort.
Collision with terrain involving Robinson R44, VH-HGU, 31 km east of Goulburn Airport, New South Wales, on 2 December 2020 - preliminary report
The ATSB is considering a number of factors that could have contributed to a Robinson R44’s main rotor blade striking the helicopter’s fuselage in flight.
Level crossing collision between freight train 2C74 and road-train truck, Yarri Road, Parkeston, WA, on 22 February 2021 - new investigation
A road-train truck had driven into the path of freight train 2C74, resulting in collision and derailment of the train’s lead locomotive.
Runway incursion and communication issues involving Bombardier Dash 8, VH-LQJ, Gladstone, Queensland, on 17 March 2020 - final report
The flight crew of a Dash 8 turboprop airliner that taxied onto the runway in front of a light aircraft on approach to land at Gladstone Airport had not selected the appropriate radio frequency and transponder mode which significantly degraded their situational awareness.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.