The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a flight below lowest safe altitude involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-PVO, 44 km NNW of Latrobe Regional Airport, Victoria, on 4 March 2021.
During cruise, the aircraft encountered instrument meteorological conditions while below the lowest safe altitude and the crew received a ground proximity warning system alert. The crew immediately conducted a climbing turn to avoid the terrain.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crew, review flight data, weather information, and gather additional information as required.
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 those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.
|Date:||04 March 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||11:40 EDT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||LaTrobe Valley Aerodrome, 337° T 44 km||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Flight below minimum altitude|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Leonardo Helicopters|
|Aircraft model||AW 139|
|Operator||STARFLIGHT VICTORIA PTY LTD|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Essendon, Victoria|