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Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

The ATSB is investigating a main rotor blade strike involving a Leonardo s.p.a helicopters AW139, registered VH-EGK, near Caboolture, Queensland, on 20 June 2020.

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.

As part of the investigation, investigators will be interviewing flight crew, medical crew and maintenance personnel. The will also examine components, and local weather conditions.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.