Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with water involving Garlick Helicopters UH-1H, VH-ONZ, near Eden, New South Wales, on 9 January 2020

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 09 January 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 16:20 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Ben Boyd Reservoir, Boydtown (near Eden)   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Garlick Helicopters Inc  
Aircraft model UH-1H  
Aircraft registration VH-ONZ  
Serial number 5229  
Operator Aerial Agriculture  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Merimbula, NSW  
Last update 13 January 2020