Vanuatu asks Australia to investigate fatal H500D accident

Vanuatu asks Australia to investigate fatal H500D accident

1-Sep-2011 Source: ATSB

Incident referred to is in accident data at 28-Aug-11 YJ-HEL Hughes 369D South Malakula, Vanuatu (1F)

On 29 August 2011, the ATSB was notified by the Vanuatu Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of an accident that occurred on the island of Maleluka, Vanuatu on 26 August 2011 and involved Hughes 369D helicopter, registered YJ-HEL. It was reported that the pilot was carrying out external load operations when the helicopter struck the ground and was destroyed. The pilot was fatally injured and the two passengers injured and taken to hospital.

The CAA has delegated the conduct of the investigation to the ATSB in accordance with international accident investigation protocols. Two ATSB investigators are travelling from Canberra to Vanuatu to carry out the on-site phase of the investigation and expect to arrive in Port Vila mid afternoon on 31 August 2011.

A preliminary factual report will be released to the public around 19 September 2011. It is anticipated that the investigation will take up to 1 year to complete.

The investigation is continuing.

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