Australia Accidents

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06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

The AW139 was flying southbound toward Mangalore at 3,100 feet above mean sea level. At the same time, the PA-44 was conducting a practice instrument approach to Mangalore. The PA-44 commenced a missed approach from below 3,000 feet in a northerly direction toward Mangalore and the pilot broadcast that the aircraft would climb to 3,900... Read more

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... Read more

26-May-21 VH-KLY Robinson R22 Hay, Australia (1F)

The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was mustering cattle along a fence line on a property 75 km west of Hay, NSW, and had landed to open a gate at the entrance to a yard. Shortly after, a witness heard the helicopter take-off and, very soon after, a loud bang. Suspecting an accident, the... Read more

26-Mar-21 VH-TJH Leonardo AW139 Katoomba, Australia

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown to the hover and an NVG winch commenced. During the winch, the aircraft drifted and descended towards terrain. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter sustained an over torque.... Read more

04-Mar-21 VH-PVO Leonardo AW139 LaTrobe Valley, Australia

During cruise, the aircraft encountered instrument meteorological conditions while below the lowest safe altitude and the crew received a ground proximity warning system alert. The crew immediately conducted a climbing turn to avoid the terrain.... Read more

11-Feb-21 VH-HKC Robinson R22 Hughenden, Australia (1F)

The pilot was conducting a positioning flight between two stations when the aircraft was reported missing on Thursday evening. The helicopter wreckage was located following a search coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority around 1130am Friday morning. The pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, was fatally injured.... Read more

02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

Helicopter collided with terrain during a training flight.  The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  The student pilot was named as Andrew Goldman... Read more

29-Sep-20 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Perth, Australia

A rescue crewman was lowered onto the deck of a vessel as part of winch training exercise, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. During the exercise, the rescue crewman was pulled overboard from the vessel, into and through the water. The rescue crewman was not injured.... Read more

18-Sep-20 VH-LTO Guimbal G2 Caloundra, Australia

During a touch-and-go, the Extra EA 300 aircraft collided with a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter on the runway.... Read more

16-Aug-20 VH-YMU Robinson R22 McArthur River Mine, Australia

On 16 August 2020, a Robinson R22 Beta, registration VH-YMU, was being utilised for cattle mustering operations in remote country, from the Rocky Point Yards, Northern Territory, south of the McArthur River Mine Aerodrome. At about 1200 Central Standard Time, the pilot was required to conduct an emergency forced landing. The helicopter landed heavily, resulting... Read more

31-Jul-20 VH-HNF Robinson R22 Steam Plains, Australia (1F)

During agricultural spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.... Read more

24-Jul-20 VH-TJO Leonardo AW139 Goulburn, Australia

The ATSB is investigating the near-collision with terrain involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-TJO, 25 km East of Goulburn, New South Wales, on 24 July 2020. While conducting a single-pilot NVG EMS flight, the aircraft entered an uncommanded descent and drift. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter... Read more

20-Jun-20 VH-EGK Leonardo AW139 Caboolture, Australia

During winching operations, the helicopter’s main rotor blades struck a tree. The crew returned to Archerfield, after which inspection revealed substantial damage to all main rotor blades, which were replaced by engineers.... Read more

04-Feb-19 VH-NXW Bell 206 Marcoola, Australia

Bell 206 remained upright on its skids in a heavy landing during a training flight. The 22-year-old student pilot sustained injuries and was transported to hospital. One report suggested it will require a new set of skids... Read more

28-Jan-19 N173AC Sikorsky S64 Jericho, Australia

During aerial fire control operations, at about 1956, the helicopter collided with water and came to rest inverted resulting in minor injuries to the three crew and damage to the helicopter.   Three on board swam to safety.... Read more

19-Jan-19 VH-YHS Airbus H130 Mansfield, Australia

The pilot reported that during the initial climb at about 3 m, the helicopter began to yaw and roll to the left at an increasing rate. The pilot then initiated a landing during which the helicopter rolled over. The helicopter was substantially damaged but no one was injured.... Read more

10-Jan-19 VH-HUE Bell 205 Talbingo, Australia

During sling load operations, the load released and struck the loadmaster resulting in serious injuries.... Read more

24-Nov-18 VH-KZV Robinson R22 Alice Springs, Australia (1F)

The helicopter collided with terrain about 130km ENE of Alice Springs Airport. A passenger and pilot were on board. The passenger sustained serious injuries and the pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

17-Aug-18 VH-JWB Airbus BK117 Ulladulla, Australia

the bucket and longline become tangled in trees at the edge of a clearing, followed by the helicopter colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

21-Mar-18 VH-WII Airbus EC120 Hardy Reef, Australia (2F)

While approaching the pontoon, the pilot reported noticing a warning message illuminate but was unable to verify the nature of the warning due to workload. Pilot elected to conduct a go-around. On the second approach at an altitude of about 40 ft above the pontoon, the pilot recalled feeling a ‘thud’ and the nose of the... Read more

18-Aug-17 VH-LGN Robinson R44 Channel Point, Australia

Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed hard and severed the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot and three passengers were not injured.... Read more

10-Jun-17 VH-ONE Bell 206B Avalon, Australia

Successful emergency landing in public park after engine problems.  Helicopter not damaged, all passengers safe.  Helicopter was on a tour flight from Mascot to Palm Beach... Read more

17-May-17 VH-MNU Robinson R44 Moreton Island, Australia

During aerial work, the helicopter collided with trees and subsequently with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

12-May-16 VH-WGB Robinson R22B Wallal Downs Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-WGB, 220 km NE of Port Hedland Airport, Western Australia, on 12 May 2016. While conducting aerial work, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016. During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.... Read more

21-Mar-16 VH-RGY Robinson R22 Richmond, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-RGY, at Richmond Airport, Queensland, on 21 March 2016. After engine start, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.... Read more

20-Feb-16 VH-LYW Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-LYW, 88 km northeast of Roma, Queensland, on 20 February 2016. During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

14-Feb-16 VH-HXY Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

During the approach and landing, the pilot sighted powerlines strung across his landing point, and manoeuvred to remain clear of them.  While on the ground, the wind veered from a southwest to a southerly direction, so that to take off into wind, the helicopter would track perpendicular to the powerlines. After completing the pre-take-off checks,... Read more

19-Dec-15 VH-NPS Airbus AS350B3 Glenbrook, Australia

Helicopter was conducting fire control work with one crewperson on board. The fire control work included use of a Bambi Bucket to drop water on the fires, slung under the helicopter by a 100 ft long-line. The pilot elected to land the helicopter at Glenbrook helipad to refuel. The helicopter landed with the bucket and... Read more

12-Nov-15 VH-HWJ Robinson R22 Kiana Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-HWJ, 90km S of McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, on 12 November 2015. While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

07-Nov-15 VH-GKK Airbus EC135T1 Cooranbong, Australia (3F)

Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker. Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over... Read more

06-Nov-15 VH-NCL Robinson R22 Newman, Australia

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.... Read more

03-Nov-15 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Jandakot, Australia

After returning from a test flight, a maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade.... Read more

02-Nov-15 VH-SFX Airbus AS350BA Whyanbeel, Australia

EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting... Read more

07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

28-Jul-15 VH-JEW Cicare CH-7B Roy Hill Station, Australia (1F)

Initial ATSB report says “collided with terrain”.... Read more

21-Jul-15 Eurocopter Tiger Darwin, Australia

Precautionary landing by a road after warning light illuminated – later cleared for direct flight back to base... Read more

20-Jul-15 VH-YHF AgustaWestland AW139 Litchfield National Park, Australia

EMS Aircraft went AOG on scene and could not take off.... Read more

14-Jul-15 VH-VOH Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries. Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”... Read more

28-Jun-15 VH-RBO Robinson R22 Daly Waters, Australia

When at about 100 ft above ground level and an airspeed of 40 knots, the pilot conducted a turn into wind. As the helicopter turned, the pilot received a low rotor rpm warning. The helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot sustained minor injuries. Final report... Read more

23-Jun-15 VH-RBT Robinson R22 Boyup Brook, Australia

After lift-off, about 30 ft above the ground the pilot reported that the canopy became shrouded in condensation. With a loss of visual reference, the pilot attempted to manoeuvre the helicopter to an area suitable for landing. During the attempt to land, the helicopter struck the ground and rolled on its side. The passenger has... Read more

14-Jun-15 VH-KJJ Robinson R44 Timber Creek, Australia (1F)

The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett... Read more

28-May-15 VH-HRW Robinson R22 Mitchell, Australia (1F)

It has been reported that the helicopter’s tail rotor clipped a tree resulting in a loss of control and subsequent collision with terrain.  The pilot was fatally injured – and named here as Jeff Dean... Read more

11-Apr-15 Pinnarendi, Australia

Pilot suffered shoulder and pelvis injuries in helicopter accident... Read more

20-Mar-15 VH-HUA Robinson R22 Mount Isa, Australia

During manoeuvring the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.... Read more

28-Feb-15 VH-CMK Robinson R22 Archerfield, Australia

During training operations, the helicopter rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.... Read more

28-Feb-15 VH-YHD Enstrom 280C Deception Bay, Australia

Crashed into mudflats.  Pilot out and OK.... Read more

11-Feb-15 VH-APP Robinson R22 Kalbarri, Australia

After landing, the pilot and passenger disembarked from the helicopter and left the engine running. The helicopter subsequently lifted off with nobody at the controls, and collided with terrain. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.... Read more

10-Feb-15 VH-YLP Robinson R22 Orange, Australia

During flight training, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The instructor and student pilot sustained minor injuries.... Read more

01-Feb-15 VH-YYF Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

After take-off, the helicopter lost lift and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.... Read more

23-Jan-15 VH-ZBH Robinson R22 Herbertvale Cattleyard, Australia

After take-off, the engine lost power and the pilot conducted a forced landing. The helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.... Read more

16-Jan-15 VH-SSD Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

While conducting aerial mustering at about 100 ft above ground level, the helicopter encountered a tailwind resulting in a high rate of descent. The helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.... Read more

09-Jan-15 VH-YMD Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

After taking off and clearing some trees, the helicopter began to lose rotor RPM and the pilot elected to land nearby. During the landing, the helicopter sustained some damage, but the helicopter remained upright and the pilot and passengers were uninjured.  Helicopter was being used for a police search for a missing 23-year old who... Read more

24-Dec-14 VH-FTY Schweizer 300CBi Parafield, Australia

During circuit training operations, the helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its left side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.... Read more

27-Nov-14 VH-WSN Robinson R44 Archerfield, Australia

Blown onto side in hail storm when parked on grass... Read more

27-Nov-14 Archerfield, Australia

Tail boom damaged when parked inside hangar during a hail storm which ripped off the hangar doors... Read more

23-Nov-14 VH-YYS Robinson R44 Archer River, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Forced landing and ground fire involving a Robinson R44, VH-YYS, 56 km E of Archer River, Queensland on 23 November 2014 During cruise, the pilot detected abnormal engine indications and received a low rotor RPM warning. He conducted a forced landing into long grass which was then... Read more

18-Nov-14 VH-HPH Roibinson R22 Lavelle Station, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, registration VH-HPH, at Lavelle Station, Northern Territory on 18 November 2014. During air work at 1,000 feet, the tail rotor drive system failed. The helicopter commenced an uncommanded spiral and landed heavily. The pilot and passenger were not injured and... Read more

28-Oct-14 Stanthorpe, Australia

Helicopter clipped powerlines, causing it to crash.  The accident caused a 30 acre grass fire... Read more

07-Oct-14 VH-CLR Bell 206B Cooktown, Australia

The Bell 206 helicopter was conducting a passenger carrying charter flight with passengers and has collided with terrain on Mt Cook. The helicopter has rolled onto its side and there are two persons with serious injuries and two with minor injuries.  One press report quotes the local Mayor saying that the helicopter was hovering close... Read more

28-Sep-14 Warmun, Australia

“It appears the pilot had attempted a take-off, however clipped a tree on the way up which caused the helicopter to roll and crash,” police spokesman said.  Pilot and his passenger/grandson not seriously injured... Read more

23-Sep-14 VH-HLB Robinson R44 Tindal, Australia

While hovering to assess a potential landing site, the pilot received a LOW ROTOR RPM warning. The pilot then lowered the collective but the helicopter struck a tree and landed hard. Both occupants received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

14-Sep-14 VH-FHX Bell 206B Jabiru, Australia

During the approach to a confined landing area, the pilot was alerted to an object to the left of the helicopter and while manoeuvring to avoid this object, the main rotor and tail rotor struck a tree. The pilot conducted a missed approach and after the subsequent landing, assessed the damage as minor and elected... Read more

25-Aug-14 VH-YPC Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

During the ferry flight, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot died in the accident.... Read more

20-Aug-14 VH-JRX Robinson R66 Giru, Australia

While conducting aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter struck a wire and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.... Read more

12-Jul-14 VH-ZZM Robinson R22 Dingo, Australia

While conducting a practice autorotation, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and a pilot sustained serious injuries.  As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.... Read more

20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

While conducting sling load operations, the load at the end of the long line became tangled. The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, however when at about 10 ft above ground level, the line pulled tight. The pilot was unable to release the line, and the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The... Read more

23-May-14 VH-WDB Robinson R22 Congararra Station, Australia

During approach to land, the tail boom detached from the helicopter. The helicopter touched down then rolled over. The pilot sustained no injuries but the helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

18-May-14 VH-HAY Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

R22  conducting mustering operations near Fitzroy Crossing WA, collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

17-May-14 VH-OSQ Bell OH-58A Coffs Harbour, Australia

During the initial climb, passing about 100 ft above ground level, the engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing and the helicopter landed heavily, resulting in substantial damage to the landing skid and tail boom.... Read more

13-May-14 VH-HEP Robinson R22 Hughenden, Australia

Helicopter was conducting aerial mustering operations. It was reported that the helicopter’s main rotor clipped a tree and that the aircraft landed in long grass where it was destroyed by fire. The pilot was uninjured.... Read more

12-May-14 VH-SWQ Cicare CH-7B Barcaldine, Australia (1F)

During cattle spotting operations, the helicopter impacted trees and collided with terrain, coming to rest inverted. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured – named here as Michael Wills... Read more

11-Apr-14 Sydney, Australia

EMS helicopter went AOG on scene on M7 motorway... Read more

27-Mar-14 VH-HRX Robinson R22 Borroloola, Australia

During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained serious injuries.... Read more

22-Mar-14 VH-WSR Bell 412EP Newcastle, Australia

During the cruise, the crew observed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at about 1,000 ft above ground level. The UAV turned and tracked towards the helicopter and the helicopter crew took evasive action to avoid a collision.... Read more

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