The ATSB is investigating the collision with water involving Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, VH-UVC, which was reported missing near Port Stephens, NSW, on 6 September 2019.
ATSB investigators will examine any recovered wreckage, interview witnesses, assess aircraft and pilot records and weather information, and review any available recorded data.
Any witnesses who may have seen the helicopter flying over Anna Bay are asked to contact the ATSB via its online form www.atsb.gov.au/witness or by calling 1800 992 986.
A report will be released at the end of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
|Date:||06 September 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1815 EST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||3 NM off Birubi Point, Anna Bay||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bell Helicopter Co|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Coffs Harbour, NSW|