30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown into a confined area and unimproved landing site with the aid of night vision goggles. During the later stages of the approach, the aircraft drifted towards terrain. The crew aborted the approach and elected to conduct a precautionary out-landing about 1 km away. Inspection of the aircraft’s vertical fin and tail rotor blades revealed the aircraft had contacted tree foliage while manoeuvring in the confined area.

Date:
30 May, 2021
Reg:
VH-TJK
Make:
Leonardo
Model:
AW139
MSN:
31729
Location:
Shelly Beach, 19 km north east of Sydney Airport, New South Wales
Country:
Australia
Civil / Military:
Civil
Operator:
Helicorp
Link:
http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2021/aair/ao-2021-022/

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