The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R44, VH-HNF, at Steam Plains, NSW, on 31 July 2020.
During agricultural spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.
A team of investigators attended the accident site. The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the wreckage, mapping the site with a UAV, and reviewing documentation and procedures.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||31 July 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||11:00 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Steam Plains, 69 km SE of Hay||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Wirestrike|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Robinson Helicopter Co|
|Operator||Riverina Rotor Work|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|