The ATSB is investigating a main rotor blade strike involving a Leonardo s.p.a helicopters AW139, registered VH-EGK, near Caboolture, Queensland, on 20 June 2020.
During winching operations, the helicopter's main rotor blades struck a tree. The crew returned to Archerfield, after which inspection revealed the majority of the main rotor blades had sustained damage. One blade tip was substantially damaged. The blades were removed from the aircraft, inspected and have now been forwarded back to the manufacturer for repair. Replacement blades have been fitted and the aircraft returned to service.
As part of the investigation, investigators will be interviewing flight crew, medical crew and maintenance personnel. The will also examine components, and local weather conditions.
Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
|Date:||20 June 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||18:30 EST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||21 km SW Caboolture, (Dayboro)||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Leonardo Helicopters|
|Operator||State of Queensland represented by Public Safety Business Agency|
|Type of operation||Medical Transport|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Archerfield, Queensland|
|Destination||Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland|