The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a fractured rotor blade on a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH BO105 CBS-5, registration VH-NVH, near Archerfield Aerodrome, Qld, on 18 August 2021.
After take-off, the crew detected abnormal airframe vibration and returned the aircraft to Archerfield. The post-flight inspection revealed a crack in one of the main rotor blades. The investigation is continuing.
The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the rotor blade, a review and examination of maintenance records and the gathering of any other relevant evidence. Examination of the blade will be conducted at the Airbus Helicopter facility in Donauwoerth, Germany under the supervision of an accredited representative from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU).
A report will be published 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:||19 August 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0400 (AEST)||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Archerfield Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Propeller/rotor malfunction|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2022|
|Aircraft model||BO105 CBS-5|
|Serial number||S 923|
|Operator||SURF LIFE SAVING QUEENSLAND INC|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Archerfield Aerodrome, Queensland|
|Destination||Archerfield Aerodrome, Queensland|