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.
|Date:||28 January 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1956 AEST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Jericho (Gippsland)||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Sikorsky Aircraft|
|Aircraft model||Sikorsky S-64E/F Skyrcrane|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|