Australian accidents 13 September to 18 November 2017

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Date: 13 September
Aircraft: PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18B
Description: During take-off from a paddock, the engine failed to produce enough power. The pilot released the agricultural load, resulting in the aircraft yawing to the right. The pilot subsequently lost directional control and the aircraft collided with vegetation, resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: 1996
Location: near Bruce Rock (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 14 September
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-602
Description: During take-off, the aircraft lost lift and crashed, resulting in substantial damage. On inspection, it was observed the flaps were retracted and suspected to be the cause of the loss of lift.
Year of manufacture: 2005
Location: Esperance Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 19 September
Aircraft: Alexander Schleicher ASK 21
Description: During final approach at approximately 40 ft, the aircraft pitched down and crashed. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the two crew were killed.
Year of manufacture: 2015
Location: Mccaffrey Field (ALA)
Injuries: Fatal

Date: 19 September
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181
Description: During cruise, the engine failed and the pilot made a forced landing in a paddock, contacting a fence and trees. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries. Fuel starvation is suspected to be the cause of the failure. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 2001
Location: Bankstown Aerodrome
Injuries: Minor

Date: 21 September
Aircraft: Jabiru LSA55/3J
Description: The approach became unstable and the pilot decided to undertake a touch-and-go landing. During the ground roll, the pilot lost directional control and the aircraft veered off the runway. The nose wheel became stuck resulting in the aircraft flipping. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: 2004
Location: Wagga Wagga Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 23 September
Aircraft: STAMPE sV-4B
Description: During landing, the brakes became stuck resulting in the aircraft flipping forwards and coming to rest upside down. The aircraft was substantially damaged.
Year of manufacture: 1954
Location: Near Rosedale (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 26 September
Aircraft: Diamond DA 40
Description: The aircraft crashed and was substantially damaged. The two crew sustained fatal injuries. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 2006
Location: Southport Aerodrome
Injuries: Fatal

Date: 28 September
Aircraft: Robinson R22 BETA
Description: During aerial mustering operations, the tail rotor struck a tree and the helicopter subsequently crashed, resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: 2005
Location: Near Canobie
Injuries: Nil

Date: 29 September
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Description: During cruise, the engine failed and the crew made a forced landing in a paddock. The engineering inspection revealed a conrod had dislodged from the piston and punched a hole through the engine block.
Year of manufacture: 2008
Location: Canberra Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 7 October
Aircraft: Robinson R22BETA
Description: During aerial operations, the pilot over-pitched the helicopter and crashed. The helicopter was substantially damaged.
Year of manufacture: 1990
Location: Near Hughenden Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 14 October
Aircraft: Storch S500
Description: During engine start, the pilot inadvertently increased the throttle and aircraft accelerated forward. The aircraft collided with a building resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: Not specified
Location: Wynyard Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 19 October
Aircraft: Robinson R22BETA
Description: During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter clipped a small tree, overpitched and crashed, resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: 2006
Location: Near Hodgon Downs (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 21 October
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Description: After landing in a paddock due to an ill passenger, the grass around the helicopter caught fire. The helicopter was consumed by the fire and destroyed.
Year of manufacture: 2008
Location: Batchelor (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 21 October
Aircraft: Jabiru J160-C
Description: During landing, the aircraft overran the runway into a ditch, resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft.
Year of manufacture: Not specified
Location: Lilydale (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 23 October
Aircraft: Cessna 210L
Description: The aircraft crashed and the two occupants were killed. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 1974
Location: Darwin Aerodrome
Injuries: Fatal

Date: 24 October
Aircraft: Cessna 210B
Description: During the flight, the aircraft crashed and was destroyed. The pilot was killed. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 1962
Location: Albany Aerodrome
Injuries: Fatal

Date: 24 October
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-502B
Description: During aerial agricultural operations, the aircraft struck a powerline.
Year of manufacture: 1997
Location: Cootamundra Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 27 October
Aircraft: Beech B200
Description: During descent, the aircraft was struck by lightning and the flight director and autopilot failed. During late final approach, the aircraft encountered a strong downdraft, resulting in a hard landing with substantial damage to the right wing and propeller.
Year of manufacture: 1981
Location: Near Lord Howe Island Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 27 October
Aircraft: Robinson R22BETA
Description: While surveying water levels, during a turn the main rotor speed decayed. The pilot undertook an autorotation and attempted a run on landing. The aircraft subsequently struck a rock and rolled to the side. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the passenger sustained minor injuries.
Year of manufacture: 2005
Location: Tennant Creek Aerodrome
Injuries: Minor

Date: 28 October
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-300
Description: During landing, the brakes failed and the aircraft veered off the runway. The aircraft collided with a shipping container and building then caught fire. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot sustained minor injuries.
Year of manufacture: 1975
Location: Mabuiag Island (ALA)
Injuries: Minor

Date: 28 October
Aircraft: Cessna T310R
Description: The aircraft crashed and was destroyed. The pilot and passenger were both killed. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 1980
Location: Port Macquarie Aerodrome
Injuries: Fatal

Date: 29 October
Aircraft: Jabiru LSA 55/3J
Description: During cruise, the crew detected low oil pressure and carried out a precautionary landing on a road. During landing, the nose wheel became stuck resulting in the aircraft flipping over. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: Not specified
Location: Charleville Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 30 October
Aircraft: Sopwith Camel
Description: During landing, the pilot lost directional control and the aircraft ground-looped on the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: Not specified
Location: Busselton Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 1 November
Aircraft: Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat
Description: During landing, the pilot detected the right rudder to be unresponsive and subsequently lost directional control of the aircraft. The aircraft landed off the airstrip and came to rest inverted resulting in substantial damage. The engineering inspection revealed the right hand rudder control cables had failed due to fatigue.
Year of manufacture: Not specified
Location: White Cliffs (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 2 November
Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-300T
Description: During taxi, fire was observed emanating from the engine. The pilot and passenger exited the aircraft before it was destroyed by the fire.
Year of manufacture: 1978
Location: Alpurrurulam (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 4 November
Aircraft: Tecnam P2008
Description: During approach in gusty conditions, the aircraft encountered sink and landed hard resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: Not specified
Location: Swan Hill Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 6 November
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-401
Description: During aerial agricultural operations, the aircraft struck a power line.
Year of manufacture: 1992
Location: Ayr (ALA)
Injuries: Nil

Date: 7 November
Aircraft: Aerospatiale Industries AS.350BA
Description: During flying training operations, the helicopter crashed. One crew member was killed and one crew member sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 1987
Location: Hobart Aerodrome
Injuries: Fatal

Date: 8 November
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Description: During cruise, the engine lost partial power and the helicopter was unable to maintain altitude. The pilot undertook an autorotation and deployed the emergency flotation system, landing on water. The helicopter was subsequently submerged in the water. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 2015
Location: Hamilton Island Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 9 November
Aircraft: Schweizer 269C-1
Description: During taxi hover, the crew detected a loud noise and subsequently the engine lost partial power. The helicopter was unable to maintain altitude and the crew made a forced landing on the grass. The engineering inspection revealed the no. 2 cylinder had cracked causing a loss of compression.
Year of manufacture: 2009
Location: Parafield Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 10 November
Aircraft: Cessna 172R
Description: During landing, the aircraft bounced and landed hard, resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: 2000
Location: Ballarat Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 11 November
Aircraft: Cessna 337H
Description: During approach, the crew did not extend the landing gear resulting in a wheels-up landing. The aircraft sustained minor damage.
Year of manufacture: 1978
Location: West Sale Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

Date: 15 November
Aircraft: Cessna 172S
Description: During final approach, the aircraft encountered heavy rain and a crosswind and crashed short of the airfield. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the pilot received minor injuries.
Year of manufacture: 2009
Location: Deniliquin Aerodrome
Injuries: Minor

Date: 18 November
Aircraft: Cessna U206G
Description: During take-off, the pilot sighted cows crossing the runway and rejected the take-off. The aircraft struck two cows, resulting in substantial damage.
Year of manufacture: 1978
Location: Daly Waters
Injuries: Nil

Date: 18 November
Aircraft: Bell 206B
Description: During aerial work, the pilot detected an abnormal noise and undertook a precautionary landing. During the landing, the helicopter rolled onto its side resulting in substantial damage. The investigation is continuing.
Year of manufacture: 2007
Location: Near Emerald Aerodrome
Injuries: Nil

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