Aviation safety investigations & reports

Helicopter winching incident involving Eurocopter AS365, VH-WPX, near Perth, Western Australia, on 29 September 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a helicopter winching incident involving Eurocopter AS365, registration VH-WPX, near Perth, Western Australia on 29 September 2020.

A rescue crewman was lowered onto the deck of a vessel as part of winch training exercise, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. During the exercise, the rescue crewman was pulled overboard from the vessel, into and through the water. The rescue crewman was not injured.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the pilots and witnesses and reviewing any available recorded flight data.

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 appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 29 September 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1215 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Perth   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Eurocopter  
Aircraft model AS.365N3  
Aircraft registration VH-WPX  
Serial number 6936  
Operator State of Western Australia - represented by Commissioner of Police  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Rous Head, Western Australia  
Last update 07 April 2021