Australian Accidents—22 January to 22 February 2019

1358
image: see 28 January entry. Aircraft Sikorsky S-64E/F Skycrane

Bird strikes 63
Wildlife strikes 1
Wire strikes 0 

Date 23 January
Aircraft Piper PA-28R
Location Jandakot Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During cruise, the aircraft operating under VFR entered IMC and the crew requested navigational assistance from ATC.

Date 24 January
Aircraft GIN Carrera
Location Corryong Aerodrome
Injuries Serious
Description During aerial manoeuvre, the main kite tangled, and the paraglider crashed.

Date 25 January
Aircraft Robinson R22 BETA
Location near Iffley (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During take-off, the helicopter over pitched and the pilot attempted to land. During landing, the helicopter landed hard and subsequently rolled over resulting in substantial damage.

Date 27 January
Aircraft Unknown
Location Noosa (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During approach, the engine failed and the microlight crashed into water resulting in minor injuries to the two occupants.

Date 28 January
Aircraft Sikorsky S-64E/F Skycrane
Location Mount Eliza
Injuries Minor
Description During aerial fire control operations, the helicopter crashed into water and came to rest inverted resulting in minor injuries to the three crew and damage to the helicopter. The investigation is continuing.

Date 28 January
Aircraft AMS Flight DG-500 ELAN ORION
Location Narrogin (ALA)
Injuries Nil
Description During approach, the crew did not extend the landing gear resulting in a wheels-up landing. The glider sustained substantial damage.

Date 2 February
Aircraft Bushcaddy R 80
Location Coominya (ALA)
Injuries Unknown
Description. During taxi, the aircraft flipped resulting in substantial damage.

Date 2 February
Aircraft Unknown
Location Wahring Field (ALA)
Injuries Serious
Description During approach, the paraglider used evasive action to avoid powerlines and subsequently crashed.

Date 5 February
Aircraft Beech A36
Location Sunshine Coast Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During cruise, the engine failed and the pilot made a forced landing in an urban area. The aircraft subsequently hit a fence. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The engineer suspects the cause of the engine failure to be a reduction in fuel flow and pressure.

Date 6 February
Aircraft Thruster Aircraft T500
Location Gawler (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During initial climb, the aircraft began to lose altitude and subsequently crashed. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 6 February
Aircraft Diamond Aircraft HK-36 TTC
Location Parafield Aerodrome
Injuries Nil
Description During take-off, the aircraft bounced hard and the propeller struck the ground.

Date 6 February
Aircraft Titanium Explorer Autogyro
Location Augusta (ALA)
Injuries Fatal
Description During cruise, the blades were observed to detach from the gyrocopter which subsequently crashed. The two occupants were fatally injured, and the gyrocopter was destroyed. See image above.

Date 9 February
Aircraft Textron Aviation B300C
Location Brisbane West Wellcamp Aerodrome
Injuries Unknown
Description During descent, the crew of the Beechcraft B300C observed a glider on a crossing track in close proximity and stopped their descent to maintain separation.

Date 17 February
Aircraft Amateur Built MUSTANG II
Location Camden Aerodrome
Injuries Minor
Description During landing, the crew inadvertently braked excessively and the aircraft ground looped. The propellers struck the ground and the landing gear subsequently failed. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 17 February
Aircraft ICP srl Savannah
Location Bothwell (ALA)
Injuries Minor
Description During approach, the pilot lost directional control and the aircraft landed hard on the left-hand main landing gear. The aircraft subsequently flipped and came to rest upside down. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

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