ATSB - Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Hard landing and ground strike involving Beech Aircraft Corporation B200, VH-ODI, Mount Gambier Airport, South Australia, on 8 December 2018

The pilot reported experiencing difficulties landing at Mount Gambier. After a heavy landing, the pilot was unable to safely stop the aircraft on the runway and decided to conduct a go-around. The pilot then conducted another approach and landing. The post-flight inspection of the aircraft revealed substantial damage to both propellers....

Collision with terrain involving Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A, VH-OBL, 101km WSW of Hobart, Tasmania, on 8 December 2018

During cruise, the aircraft collided with terrain. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured....

Aviation industry associations to help improve safety

The ATSB signs MOUs with aviation industry associations to help improve transport safety....

ATSB acknowledges International Civil Aviation Day

ATSB acknowledges International Civil Aviation Day to raise awareness of development in civil aviation....

Steep continuous descents

Training and processes needed for rail operations on steep continuous descents....

Runaway of grain train 8960, Dombarton to Unanderra, NSW, on 22 April 2017

The incident highlights the need for freight operators to ensure train drivers receive regular training and competency assessments for steep continuous gradient routes, and the need for contingency plans and procedures for the management of runaways in this area to be continually reviewed and tested by rail infrastructure managers....

Hard landing involving Robinson R44 II, VH-LGN, Channel Point, NT, on 18 August 2017

The ATSB found that superseded forward gearbox mounts were inadvertently installed during maintenance. The accident highlights the need for extra vigilance when installing visually similar parts....

Derailment of Aurizon train 9T90 near Kimburra, Queensland on 28 September 2017

The report provides preliminary observations, outlines some of the investigation activities conducted to date, and describes the proactive safety actions that have been taken by directly involved parties Incitec Pivot and Aurizon....

Collision with terrain involving Robinson R22 Beta helicopter, near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, on 24 November 2018

The helicopter collided with terrain about 130km ENE of Alice Springs, NT. A passenger and pilot were on board. The passenger sustained serious injuries and the pilot was fatally injured....

Pioneer recognised

Aviation human factors pioneer Dr Rob Lee AO officially inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame....

Collision with terrain involving BRM Aero s.r.o. Bristell S-LSA, VH-YVX, near Stawell, Victoria, on 5 October 2018

The ATSB has released the preliminary report into a Bristell Light Sport Aircraft?s collision with terrain near Stawell, Victoria on 5 October 2018. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured in the accident....

Collision between Pacific National train 9221 and Aurizon train 9T66 at Oonoomurra, Qld on 27 February 2018

The incident highlights the need for crews on both trains conducting a cross at a directional travel station to confirm rail traffic is complete and clear before releasing the block to the rear of the rail traffic and entering a block following advice of a proceed authority....

Aircraft performance

A tragic accident carries important safety messages for aerial application pilots....

Collision with terrain of an Air Tractor AT-502, VH-LIK, 50 km east of Walgett Airport, NSW, on 5 November 2016

This report carries several important safety messages for aerial application pilots....

Track obstruction involving train 6WM2 near Winton, Victoria, on 30 March 2018

The ATSB has released its preliminary report into a track obstruction involving a Pacific National train near Winton, Victoria on 30 March 2018. The investigation is continuing....