The ATSB has commenced an investigation into the collision with terrain involving Bell Helicopter 206L-1, registered VH-BHF, about 20 km north-west of Jindabyne, New South Wales, on 11 March 2022.
During weed survey operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot and two of the passengers sustained serious injuries, and the two other passengers sustained minor injuries.
The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the wreckage by ATSB investigators, and the collection of other relevant evidence, including interviews with key involved parties, recorded data, weather information, witness reports and pilot and maintenance records.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, 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.