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.