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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207547
Last updated: 19 September 2020
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Time:23:48 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 135P2+
Owner/operator:Heli-Aust Whitsundays / Aviator Group
Registration: VH-ZGA
C/n / msn: 0777
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:30 km NW of Port Hedland, WA -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Port Hedland Heliport (YHIP)
Destination airport:MV Squireship
The helicopter, with two flight crew onboard, was approaching the bulk carrier MV Squireship (88,000gwt) at night at 23:47 AWST to pick up a marine pilot when it collided the water. The accident was witnessed from the merchant vessel, with emergency services then notified through the local port authority. Approximately one hour later an injured pilot (64) was rescued from a liferaft with minor injuries, however, the other pilot, who was under training, was unaccounted for. Seven aircraft and seven vessels participated in an extensive search over the following two days. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said initial reports indicated the helicopter inverted almost instantly, but remained on the ocean surface for approximately half-an-hour before sinking. The survivor did not see his colleague on the surface. Helicopter debris, including a rotor blade and cowling, were found in the search area.-

Late on Friday 16 March 2018 search operations for the missing pilot were suspended. The missing pilot is presumed to have died. "Weather conditions for searching were good and there was a high probability that a survivor in the water would have been detected," an AMSA spokeswoman said.

On 17 March 2018, WA Police advised that helicopter wreckage had been located by sonar and the body of the missing pilot had been recovered.

ATSB have raised a safety alert on HUET training.


Revision history:

14-Mar-2018 22:42 Iceman 29 Added
14-Mar-2018 23:17 Iceman 29 Updated [Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Mar-2018 23:30 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 00:41 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
15-Mar-2018 06:31 Kardz Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category]
15-Mar-2018 07:24 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source]
15-Mar-2018 07:27 Aerossurance Updated [Damage, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 07:42 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 07:49 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 08:09 Iceman 29 Updated [Date, Time, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 08:38 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 08:40 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 18:29 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 23:05 Geno Updated [Source]
16-Mar-2018 06:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
16-Mar-2018 08:08 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2018 11:46 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2018 12:11 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2018 12:38 Iceman 29 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
16-Mar-2018 17:23 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
17-Mar-2018 08:18 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
17-Mar-2018 08:18 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
17-Mar-2018 08:23 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
19-Mar-2018 11:17 Kardz Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Narrative]
03-May-2018 09:51 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-May-2018 10:05 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
03-May-2018 11:05 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Source]

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