Australian Accidents 1 February to 2 March 2018

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Date 4 February
Aircraft Jabiru J230D
Location Griffith Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the aircraft ran off the runway and collided with a ditch resulting in substantial damage.

Date 4 February
Aircraft Aeroprakt-22LS
Location Townsville Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the aircraft bounced and landed hard resulting in substantial damage.

Date 5 February
Aircraft Airborne Edge X
Location Moruya Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During short final approach, the aircraft stalled and landed heavily resulting in substantial damage.

Date 5 February
Aircraft Cessna R182
Location Research Station (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description Due to weather holding at Darwin, the aircraft diverted to Research Station due to low fuel. During landing on the wet runway the aircraft over ran the runway and collided with a fence.

Date 8 February
Aircraft Kavanagh Balloon B-350
Location Lilydale (ALA)
Injuries Serious
Description The balloon collided with terrain resulting in serious injuries to two passengers. The investigation is continuing.

Date 10 February
Aircraft American Champion 7GCBC
Location Orange Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During circuit operations, the aircraft bounced and landed hard. The pilot applied full power for a missed approach and subsequently lost directional control. The aircraft ground looped, veered off the runway and collided with the aerodrome fence. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and minor injury to the pilot.

Date 10 February
Aircraft Piper 28-140
Location Bunbury Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During cruise, the pilot heard a loud noise and the engine subsequently lost partial power. The pilot conducted a forced landing at Lake Preston. The engineering inspection revealed the no. 4 cylinder had failed.

Date 10 February
Aircraft Eurocopter AS350B3 and Bell 214B-1
Location Hobart Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During fire control operations, the Eurocopter AS350 and the Bell 214 lost visual contact and crossed paths in close proximity. The crew of the 214 conducted a turn to increase separation.

Date 11 February
Aircraft Robinson Helicopter R22 BETA
Location Bankstown Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During flying training, the helicopter entered a spin and the crew were unable to regain control. The helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage and the crew sustained minor injuries.

Date 11 February
Aircraft Aeroprakt A32 Vixxen
Location near St George Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During climb, the pilot heard a loud bang and felt the engine severely vibrate. The pilot shut down the engine and returned the aircraft to the aerodrome.

Date 11 February
Aircraft Jabiru J160-C
Location Orange Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During take-off with a tailwind component, the pilot identified insufficient runway remained and rejected the take-off. The aircraft overran the runway, struck a fence and came to a rest inverted. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 11 February
Aircraft Cessna A185F
Location Gladstone Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During the take-off run, the aircraft encountered gusting winds and veered off the runway. The pilot lost directional control and ground looped, resulting in substantial damage.

Date 13 February
Aircraft DJI Phantom IV Pro
Location Latrobe Valley Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During aerial operations, the remotely piloted aircraft lost power and collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage.

Date 13 February
Aircraft de Havilland Canada DHC-1 T MK 10
Location Maitland Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During initial climb, the engine failed and the aircraft collided with terrain. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.

Date 14 February
Aircraft Cessna 182P
Location Hedlow (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the aircraft veered off the runway and collided with a post. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 16 February
Aircraft Amateur built VAN’S RV-6
Location Wangaratta Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During taxi, the RV-6 collided with a Tecnam P2004 parked on the taxiway. The RV-6 sustained minor damage.

Date 18 February
Aircraft Ozone Paraglider Enzo 3
Location Mount Beauty (ALA)
Injuries Serious
Description During final approach, the paraglider stalled and collided with terrain. The pilot received serious injuries.

Date 22 February
Aircraft Piper PA-44-180
Location Sunshine Coast Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description The tower controller observed the VFR aircraft enter IMC.

Date 24 February
Aircraft Cessna A185F
Location Bathurst Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the aircraft bounced resulting in the undercarriage collapsing. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 26 February
Aircraft Piper PA-44-180
Location Ballarat Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the pilot inadvertently retracted the landing gear. The landing gear subsequently collapsed resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft.

Date 27 February
Aircraft Robinson R44-II
Location near Yarrabee Mine (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During climb, the helicopter encountered windshear. The helicopter entered autorotation and subsequently collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage.

Date 2 March
Aircraft Cessna 441
Location near Broome Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During descent, the crew detected both engines surging. The crew shut down the right engine and shortly after, the left engine failed. The crew conducted a forced landing on the Great Northern highway. The investigation is continuing.

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