Australian Accidents 13 November 2018 to 22 January 2019

1488
Helicopter crash site
Source: ATSB

Bird strikes 248
Wildlife strikes 19
Wire strikes 3


Date 14 November
Aircraft Robinson Helicopter R44
Location Jabiru Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During climb from a confined area on a hot day, the pilot received a low rotor RPM warning and was unable to recover. The helicopter crashed resulting in substantial damage. The engineering inspection did not reveal any faults with the engine or its associated parts.

Date 15 November
Aircraft Cessna 0-1G
Location Moree Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the aircraft encountered a wind change and ground-looped resulting in substantial damage.

Date 18 November
Aircraft Autogyro MTOsport
Location near Moree Aerodrome
Injuries Fatal
Description During aerial work, the gyrocopter crashed and the pilot was killed.

Date 19 November (image above)
Aircraft Jabiru UL
Location near Menindee (ALA)
Injuries Serious
Description The aircraft crashed and was substantially damaged. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries.

Date 24 November
Aircraft Robinson Helicopter R22 BETA
Location Alice Springs Aerodrome
Injuries Fatal
Description The aircraft crashed. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger was fatally injured. The investigation is continuing.

Date 25 November
Aircraft AMS Flight DG-505 ELAN ORION & Piper PA-28-161
Location Bacchus Marsh (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During approach, the crew of the glider observed a Piper PA-28 in close proximity on the same track. The PA-28 made a go-around to maintain separation and the DG-505 continued their approach. No radio calls were heard from the PA-28.

Date 30 November
Aircraft Beech A60
Location Maitland (NSW) Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During approach, the crew received an unsafe landing gear indication. On landing, the left-hand landing gear collapsed. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 1 December
Aircraft Air Tractor AT-802A
Location Warren Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During aerial agricultural operations, the aircraft hit a powerline resulting in damage to the rudder. The pilot returned the aircraft to the airstrip. During landing, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft, which departed the runway and hit a tree resulting in substantial damage and minor injuries to the pilot.

Date 3 December
Aircraft Aerochute International Dual
Location Innisfail Aerodrome
Injuries Serious
Description During take-off, the aircraft struck a wire and subsequently crashed.

Date 5 December
Aircraft HPH S.R.O. GLASFLUGEL 304C
Location Boonah (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During an out-landing, the glider hit a fence and crashed resulting in substantial damage.

Date 7 December
Aircraft Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-20
Location Hobart Aerodrome
Injuries Fatal
Description During cruise, the aircraft collided with terrain. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, who was the sole occupant was killed. The investigation is continuing.

Date 8 December
Aircraft Evektor Aerotechnik Harmony
Location Jandakot Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During landing, the aircraft bounced, and the propeller and tail struck the ground. Pieces separated from the aircraft resulting in substantial damage.

Date 8 December
Aircraft Beech 200
Location Mount Gambier Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During approach, the pilot was not visual at the minima and proceeded to land resulting in a heavy landing. The pilot observed damage to the left propeller and was unable to stop the aircraft on the runway and made a missed approach. The post-flight inspection revealed substantial damage to both propellers. The investigation is continuing.

Date 13 December
Aircraft Liberty Aerospace XL-2
Location Camden Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During approach, ATC observed the aircraft operating at 1000 ft while the crew reported operating at 1900 ft. ATC subsequently observed the XL-2 pass the approaching Beechcraft 95-B55 on a crossing path in close proximity. The crew of the BE55 took evasive action. The crew of the XL-2 reported that the QNH had been inadvertently set incorrectly resulting in the crew believing they were operating at a different altitude.

Date 19 December
Aircraft Robinson Helicopter R44
Location Millaroo (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter crashed resulting in substantial damage.

Date 20 December
Aircraft Amateur Built LANCAIR IV
Location Dochra (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During take-off, the aircraft failed to accelerate as expected and the pilot rejected the take-off. The aircraft overran the runway and struck a fence resulting in substantial damage. A tailwind and incline of the runway are suspected to have contributed to the slow acceleration.

Date 21 December (image above)
Aircraft Ayres S2R
Location Dalby (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During initial climb, the aircraft was unable to maintain height resulting in control issues due to low speed. The aircraft subsequently crashed and was substantially damaged.

Date 23 December
Aircraft Amateur Built Gyrocopter
Location Delissaville (ALA)
Injuries Serious
Description During climb, the pilot lost control and crashed. The pilot was seriously injured, and the aircraft substantially damage.

Date 24 December
Aircraft Cessna 150F
Location Port Lincoln Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During initial climb, the pilot detected unresponsive controls and made a forced landing. The aircraft crashed resulting in substantial damage. Post-flight, it was determined that the control locks were still engaged.

Date 26 December (image above)
Aircraft Kavanagh B-350
Location near Coldstream (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During cruise, the pilot detected fire onboard the balloon from the front left burner which could not be extinguished. The pilot made a forced landing and the balloon was destroyed by the fire. The investigation is continuing.

Date 27 December
Aircraft DISTAR CZ A.S. D13/15 SUNDANCER
Location Tyagarah (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During landing, the aircraft overran the runway. The landing gear collapsed, and the aircraft was substantially damage.

Date 31 December
Aircraft Robinson Helicopter R22 BETA
Location Delamere Range Facility Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During approach, the aircraft encountered a strong gust of wind and crashed resulting in substantial damage.

Date 1 January
Aircraft Robinson Helicopter R22 BETA
Location Mistake Creek (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During initial climb, the aircraft crashed resulting in substantial damage.

Date 5 January
Aircraft Consolidated Vultee 108-3
Location Richmond (NSW) Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During initial climb, the engine failed, and the pilot made a forced landing in a swamp adjacent to the runway. The aircraft came to rest upside down and sustained substantial damage. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries.

Date 5 January
Aircraft Amateur Built VAN’S RV-6A
Location Lakeland Downs (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During a rejected take-off, the pilot lost directional control resulting in the aircraft veering off the unsealed runway and hit a tree. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 6 January (image above)
Aircraft Cessna 182G
Location near Tooradin (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During initial climb, the engine failed, and the pilot made a forced landing in a paddock, colliding with trees. The aircraft sustained substantial damage but none of the passengers were injured. The investigation is continuing.

Date 8 January (image above)
Aircraft Jabiru J230C
Location near Mundubbera (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During cruise, the engine failed due to fuel exhaustion and the pilot made a forced landing. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 11 January
Aircraft Rolladen-Scheneider Flugzeugbau LS6-C
Location Lake Keepit (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During final approach, the aircraft encountered unexpected weather and during landing the crew lost directional control. The aircraft ground looped and crashed resulting in substantial damage.

Date 12 January
Aircraft Cessna 182F
Location Aldinga (ALA)
Injuries Serious
Description While turning onto the taxiway, the aircraft encountered a strong gust of wind which flipped the aircraft. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the aircraft substantially damage.

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