The ATSB is investigating the collision with water involving a Garlick Helicopters UH-1H helicopter, registered VH-ONZ, near Eden, New South Wales, on 9 January 2020.
While conducting aerial fire control operations, the helicopter was reported to have lost power and collided with water (Ben Boyd reservoir) resulting in substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries.
As part of the investigation the ATSB will interview the pilot and review other available data.
A report will be released at the end of the investigation. 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:||09 January 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||16:20 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Ben Boyd Reservoir, Boydtown (near Eden)||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Garlick Helicopters Inc|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Merimbula, NSW|