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The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 aircraft, registered VH-NOO, at Jerusalem Bay, Hawkesbury River, NSW on 31 December 2017.

At about 1500 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, the single-engine seaplane was flying in the vicinity of Jerusalem Bay, near Cottage Point. The aircraft had one pilot and five passengers on board for its return flight to Rose Bay, Sydney. Shortly after take-off, the aircraft collided with the water and sank a few minutes later. None of the aircraft’s occupants survived the accident.  

The ATSB is working with relevant authorities to recover the wreckage. ATSB investigators will also be:

  • interviewing witnesses
  • recovering and examining various aircraft components
  • collecting and examining recorded data from on board electronics and air traffic control
  • collecting and examining aircraft maintenance records.

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.

A preliminary factual report into the accident will be released in approximately 30 days.

General details
Date: 31 December 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 15:15 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Hawkesbury River, near Cottage Point (ALA) Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: New South Wales  
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Fatal 
Expected completion: December 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-NOO 
Serial number: 1535 
Operator: Sydney Seaplanes 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Cottage Point, NSW
Destination:Rose Bay, NSW
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Last update 22 January 2018