Investigation number
AO-2023-031
Occurrence date
Location
40 NM from Kalkgurung Aerodrome
State
Northern Territory
Report release date
Report status
Preliminary
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Final report: Drafting
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Collision with terrain
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
Fatal
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, registered VH-PSC, near Limbunya Station, Northern Territory, on 27 June 2023.

During aerial mustering operations, the aircraft collided with terrain and the pilot was fatally injured.

The ATSB has completed the evidence collection and analysis phases of the investigation and is drafting the final report.

The 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.

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Aircraft Details
Departure point
Limbunya Station, NT
Destination
Limbunya Station, NT
Model
R22 Beta
Serial number
4429
Registration
VH-PSC
Operation type
Part 138 Aerial work operations
Damage
Destroyed
Manufacturer
Robinson Helicopter Co
Aircraft Operator
Northern Aviation Services Pty Ltd