EMQ stops using AW139 helicopters


Emergency Management Queensland grounds helicopters after incidents in China and Brazil

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) has temporarily grounded the three AW139 rescue helicopters following incidents in China
and South America.

Australia CASA and other aviation agencies have issued airworthiness directives in respect of the tail rotor blades of these helicopters. AgustaWestland has also issued a service bulletin regarding the inspection of the tail rotor blades.

EMQ will be using two Bell 412 helicopters until the AW139s are cleared for flight, the Bell helicopters are not affected by the airworthiness directive.