Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Robinson R44, VH-HGU, near Marulan South, New South Wales, on 2 December 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an accident involving a Robinson R44 helicopter, VH-HGU, that collided with terrain during a training flight near Marulan South, New South Wales on 2 December 2020.

The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examining the wreckage, interviewing any witnesses, and reviewing operational, maintenance and airworthiness data.

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.

General details
Date: 02 December 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 16:30 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 30 km east of Goulburn Airport, near Marulan South   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R44  
Aircraft registration VH-HGU  
Serial number 2615  
Operator Hughes Helicopters  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Goulburn, New South Wales  
Destination Goulburn, New South Wales  
Last update 03 December 2020