Aviation safety investigations & reports

Main rotor blade strike involving Leonardo s.p.a helicopters AW139, VH-EGK, near Caboolture, Queensland, on 20 June 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 20 June 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 18:30 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 21 km SW Caboolture, (Dayboro)   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters  
Aircraft model AW139  
Aircraft registration VH-EGK  
Serial number 31827  
Operator State of Queensland represented by Public Safety Business Agency  
Type of operation Medical Transport  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield, Queensland  
Destination Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland  
Last update 01 July 2020