Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Bell Helicopter 206L-4, VH-PRW, about 33 km from Adaminaby, NSW, on 4 April 2022

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Bell 206L-4 helicopter, registered VH-PRW, about 33 km from Adaminaby, NSW on 4 April 2022. The two occupants on board the aircraft were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the accident site and wreckage by ATSB investigators, and the collection of other relevant evidence, including recorded data, weather information, witness reports, aircraft operator procedures and maintenance records.

A final report will be released 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.

General details
Date: 04 April 2022   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 32.8 km 301 degrees from Adaminaby   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206L-4  
Aircraft registration VH-PRW  
Serial number 52371  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory  
Destination Melbourne Airport, Victoria  
Last update 24 May 2022