The ATSB is investigating the near-collision with terrain involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-TJO, 25 km East of Goulburn, New South Wales, on 24 July 2020.
While conducting a single-pilot NVG EMS flight, the aircraft entered an uncommanded descent and drift. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter sustained an over torque.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will be gathering information from a range of sources for analysis. Investigation activities will include interviewing the crew of the helicopter, analysing flight data, and reviewing procedures and manuals.
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:||24 July 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||23:00 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Bungonia National Park, 25 km east of Goulburn||Investigation phase:||Examination and analysis|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Leonardo Helicopters|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Wollongong, New South Wales|
|Destination||Wollongong, New South Wales|