Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with water involving a Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane helicopter, N173AC, near Jericho, Victoria, on 28 January 2019

Investigation number:
AO-2019-008
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase

Summary

Update: 28 January 2020

The investigation into collision with water involving a Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane helicopter, N173AC, near Jericho, Victoria, on 28 January 2019 is continuing.

The report into the investigation is currently in the ‘Final report: Internal review’ phase. During this phase, final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.

 



Initial summary

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the collision with water involving a Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane helicopter, N173AC, near Jericho, Victoria, on 28 January

During aerial fire control operations, at about 1956, the helicopter collided with water and came to rest inverted resulting in minor injuries to the three crew and damage to the helicopter. 

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will among other tasks interview witnesses and crew, collect and examine any available flight data and examination of operation and maintenance procedures and manuals.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.  

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 28 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1956 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Jericho (Gippsland)   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft  
Aircraft model Sikorsky S-64E/F Skyrcrane  
Aircraft registration N173AC  
Operator Kestrel Aviation  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 02 December 2019