Risks associated with aerial campaign management: Lesson from a case study of aerial locust control


In 2004, there were two wirestrike accidents in New South Wales involving helicopters undertaking locust control operations. The first accident occurred in October 2004 near Forbes and resulted in minor injuries to one occupant and extensive damage to the helicopter. The second accident occurred in November 2004 near Dunedoo and resulted in the death of two occupants. A third occupant was seriously injured and there was extensive damage to the helicopter. A third accident, near Mudgee in November 2004, involved a helicopter that was being used for locust control, although the helicopter was not involved in locust control activities at the time of the accident.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) began formal investigations into all three accidents and a research investigation into the practices used by Government organisations to contract aerial operators for locust control in order to identify issues that may enhance future aviation safety.

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 24 June 2005
ISBN: 1 877071 994
Publication number: B2004/0337
Related: Agriculture
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