Investigation number
AO-2023-059
Occurrence date
Location
near Blossom Banks
State
Queensland
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Examination and analysis
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Ground strike
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a helicopter landing accident that occurred on 7 December 2023, involving an Agusta A109 helicopter, registration VH-RUA, and the bulk vessel Tai Keystone, near Blossum Banks, Queensland.

The flight was being conducted to pick-up a marine pilot from the Tai Keystone.

Upon landing on the vessel's helipad, the helicopter's tail struck a section of handrail that was attached to the helipad.

The impact led to the separation of the tail rotor and gearbox from the tail boom. The helicopter was shutdown. There were no injuries.  

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve interviewing witnesses and involved parties, reviewing recorded data, and the collection of other relevant evidence.

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.

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Aircraft Details
Departure point
Mackay Aerodrome
Model
A109E
Serial number
11129
Sector
Helicopter
Registration
VH-RUA
Operation type
Part 138 Aerial work operations
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Agusta, S.p.A, Construzioni Aeronautiche