The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the in-flight break-up of a Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, registered VH-ZMF, that occurred about 7 km west of Maroota, NSW, on 9 July 2022.
At about 1135 EST, VH-ZMF departed Cattai for a private flight. At about 1143, the helicopter broke-up in-flight and impacted terrain about 10 km to the north of the departure point. The helicopter was destroyed, and the pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured.
The evidence phase of the investigation will include examining the aircraft wreckage and accident site, recovering any relevant aircraft components for detailed examination in the ATSB technical facilities, analysing any available recorded data, and interviewing involved parties.
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.
|Date:||09 July 2022||Investigation status:||Active|
|Location:||near Maroota||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||In-flight break-up|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2023|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bell Helicopter Co|
|Operator||NSW HELICOPTERS PTY LIMITED|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|