Aviation safety investigations & reports

Flight below lowest safe altitude involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-PVO, 44 km NNW of Latrobe Regional Airport, Victoria, on 4 March 2021

Investigation number:
AO-2021-010
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

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.

General details
Date: 04 March 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 11:40 EDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 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 details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters  
Aircraft model AW 139  
Aircraft registration VH-PVO  
Serial number 31878  
Operator STARFLIGHT VICTORIA PTY LTD  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Essendon, Victoria  
Destination Bairnsdale, Victoria  
Last update 11 March 2021