Pilots and flying school operators should ensure they have thorough knowledge of the effects of weather on the pilot’s destinations and plan accordingly prior to flight.
On-site examination of the wreckage and surrounding ground markings indicated that the aircraft impacted terrain at approximately 30° from vertical, in an inverted attitude.
An ATSB investigation report has emphasised the need for operators to heed the advice of aircraft manufacturers with regards to maintenance and upgrades to their fleet.
The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction involving Airbus A330, registered 9M-XXT, near Gold Coast, Queensland, on 3 July 2017.
This occurrence highlights that, even with the assistance of sophisticated technology and systems, flight crew may experience situations that can only be managed using their professional judgement.
Pre-flight planning needs to include consideration of not only the conditions on departure, but at all stages of the flight. This informs the decision of whether to depart and allows for prior consideration of alternative actions in the case of deteriorating weather, such as returning or diverting.
During the accident sequence, the helicopter’s tail rotor and vertical stabiliser assembly separated from the helicopter.