Sunday, 11 February 2018

Busy time for the ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be kept busy over the next few days investigating two aircraft accidents that happened today.

The first incident was at Bankstown Airport (IATA: BWU, ICAO: YSBK)  in New South Wales just after midday when a Robinson R44 helicopter lost its tail rotor on departure. The whole tail rotor detached from the helicopter just as it got airborne and then crashed to the ground. Both the 56 yr old pilot instructor and his 44 yr old trainee were seriously injured and taken to Liverpool Hospital.

The second incident happened about 4 & 1/2 hours later 1,400 kilometres north of Bankstown at Gladstone Airport (IATA: GLT, ICAO: YGLA) in Queensland. At approx.4.35pm a Cessna 185 failed to get airborne correctly and crashed to the ground at the end of the runway. The two occupants on board both walked away without injuries. The airport was closed for sometime and a regular RPT due to land in Gladstone at 5.20pm had been diverted to Rockhampton Airport. The flight had landed in Rockhampton and passengers where brought to Gladstone by bus.

Aircraft Information
Aircraft: Cessna 185F
Operator: Blanches Holdings
Registration: VH-UJT
Serial Number: 18503282

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