Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with water involving Bell UH-1H, VH-UVC, Anna Bay, NSW, on 6 September 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 06 September 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1815 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 3 NM off Birubi Point, Anna Bay   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model UH-1H  
Aircraft registration VH-UVC  
Serial number 5144  
Operator Brisbane Helicopters  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Coffs Harbour, NSW  
Last update 09 September 2019