Aviation safety investigations & reports

Near-collision with terrain involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-TJO, 25 km East of Goulburn, New South Wales, on 24 July 2020

Investigation number:
AO-2020-038
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

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.

General details
Date: 24 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 23:00 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 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 details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters  
Aircraft model AW139  
Aircraft registration VH-TJO  
Serial number 31740  
Operator Helicorp  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Wollongong, New South Wales  
Destination Wollongong, New South Wales  
Last update 20 October 2020