ATSB - Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Ditching involving Robinson R44, VH-WRR, 49 km N of Hamilton Island Aerodrome, Qld, on 8 November 2017

During cruise, the engine lost partial power. The pilot conducted an autorotation and deployed the emergency flotation system, landing on water....

Pressurisation event involving Airbus A320, PK-AXD, 300 km north of Perth, Western Australia, on 15 October 2017

On 15 October 2017, at about 1152 WST, the flight crew on board an Air Asia Airbus A320-216, registered PK-AXD, initiated an emergency descent from flight level (FL) 330 to 10,000 ft....

Grounding of ABFC Roebuck Bay on Henry Reef, Queensland, on 30 September 2017

On 30 September 2017, at about 0025 Eastern Standard Time, the Australian Border Force cutter Roebuck Bay (ABFC Roebuck Bay) grounded on Henry Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. The cutter sustained significant damage to the keel, stabiliser fins and propellers, with water ingress in the forward and freshwater void spaces....

Hard landing involving GIE Avions de Transport Regional ATR72, VH-FVZ, Canberra Airport, ACT, on 19 November 2017

During approach to runway 35, the aircraft encountered windshear. The aircraft landed hard, and the tail skid and underside of the rear fuselage contacted the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. There were no reported injuries....

Hard landing involving Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8, VH-MQI, Djamardi (Jimarda) ALA, Northern Territory, on 2 August 2017

Recorded data captured the incident approach, along with three previous approaches, conducted by VH-MQI to runway 10 during earlier flights to Djamardi. The data shows that on the incident approach, the aircraft turned onto the base leg of the circuit earlier than these three previous approaches....

Fuel flight planning error involving Airbus A320, VH-VNJ at Sydney Airport, NSW on 3 March 2014

The flight crew had earlier completed uneventful sectors from Sydney to the Gold Coast, Queensland, and return. As part of that preparation, the flight crew reviewed the operational flight plan (OFP) for the sector. The OFP was produced by the operator?s Operations Control Centre. That OFP contained significant errors in the aircraft weights....

Foreign object damage and subsequent engine malfunction on an Airbus A320, VH-VGY, Auckland International Airport, 27 October 2017

The ATSB will interview the flight and ground crew and gather additional information. The investigation is expected to take several months to complete....

Collision with terrain involving AS350BA Squirrel helicopter, VH-BAA, at Hobart Airport, Tasmania, on 7 November 2017

The ATSB deployed a team of two Transport Safety Investigators to the accident site with expertise that includes aircraft operations, engineering and maintenance. While on site, the team will examine the wreckage, gather any recorded data, and interview witnesses....

Collision with terrain involving Diamond DA40, VH-YPQ, near Port Macquarie Airport, on 8 September 2017

The instructor noticed a ?surging? sound and feel on initial climb towards the end of the runway and felt as though the engine had lost a significant amount of power. With no visible forced landing options in the immediate area, the instructor attempted to land on the reciprocal take-off runway....

Safe work on track: incident data

The ATSB has released a research report, Safe work on track across Australia: Analysis of incident data....

Safe work on track across Australia: Analysis of incident data, 2009 - 2014

To minimise risk, rail transport operators must ensure systems for safe work on track encourage workers accessing the rail corridor to communicate sufficient information to validate their worksite location, the adequacy of the protections in place, and their positioning in relation to any approaching train movements...

Collision with terrain of Diamond DA40-180, VH-MPM, Allenview, Queensland, on 26 September 2017

On-site examination of the wreckage and surrounding ground marks indicated that the aircraft impacted terrain nose-down, consistent with a left upright spin....

Annual Report released

The ATSB has released its Annual Report, looking back over 2016-17....

Collision with terrain involving Cessna 310R, VH-JMW, 40 km SSW of Port Macquarie, NSW, on 28 October 2017

The ATSB deployed a team of four investigators to the accident site with expertise that includes aircraft operations, engineering and maintenance. While on site, the team will be examining the site and wreckage, gathering any recorded data, and interviewing any witnesses....

Fuel planning event, weather-related event and ditching involving Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A, VH-NGA, near Norfolk Island on 18 November 2009

The final report into the reopened investigation of the 18 November 2009 accident involving Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A aircraft, VH-NGA, near Norfolk Island....