Investigation number
AO-2024-012
Occurrence date
Location
near Thursday Island
State
Queensland
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Engine failure or malfunction
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a suspected engine failure and ditching involving a Bell Helicopter Company 206B, registered VH-VHC, off Thursday Island, Queensland, on 14 April 2024.

Shortly after take-off, the aircraft experienced a loss of power, and the pilot conducted an autorotation into the water off Thursday Island. The helicopter subsequently sank while the pilot and 2 passengers were recovered with no reported injuries.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve interviewing the pilot and witnesses, examination of maintenance records, and the collection of other relevant information.

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.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Thursday Island HLS
Destination
Prince of Wales Island
Model
206B
Serial number
3099
Sector
Helicopter
Registration
VH-VHC
Operation type
Part 133 Air transport operations - rotorcraft
Damage
Destroyed
Manufacturer
Bell Helicopter Co