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Bell-Garlick UH-1H Iroquois, VH-ONZ, Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd: Accident occurred January 09, 2020 in Ben Boyd Reservoir, Ben Boyd National Park, New South Wales, Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR20WA078
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Boydtown, Australia
Aircraft: GARLICK UH1H, registration:
Injuries: 1 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On January 9, 2020 about 1620 universal coordinated time, a Garlick Helicopters Inc., UH-1H helicopter, VH-ONZ, lost power and collided with water during an aerial fire control operation at Ben Boyd Reservoir, Boydtown, Merimbula, Australia. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Australia. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canberra A.C.T. 2608
Tel: +612 6274 6054
Fax: +612 6274 6434

The ATSB will investigate this afternoon's collision with water of a UH-1H helicopter which was conducting fire control operations near Eden on the NSW South Coast. The helicopter is reported to have ditched in a reservoir but the pilot was able to swim to the shore.