Selected Australian accidents October to December 2019

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The crash scene of an Angel 44 pusher twin at Mareeba, Queensland on 14 December. Source: ATSB

Date 5 October
Aircraft  DJI M210
Location Melbourne airport
Fatalities 0
Description During aerial operations, the remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) became unresponsive to input commands and collided with the concrete bridge. The RPA was destroyed.

Date 7 October
Aircraft  Robinson R22
Location Waterloo, NT
Fatalities 0
Description The pilot exited the helicopter while the engine was still shutting down. The helicopter then took off, struck terrain and was destroyed.

Date 20 October
Aircraft  Jabiru SP500
Location Minlaton SA
Fatalities 0
Description Pilot accidentally reduced power while making a go-around from 20 feet. Result was a hard landing and undercarriage damage.

Date 27 October
Aircraft  Savannah
Location Emkaytee, NT
Fatalities 1
Description The aircraft collided with terrain and the pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Date 30 October
Aircraft  Hang glider
Location Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox head, NSW
Fatalities 1
Description The hang glider collided with terrain. One occupant was fatally injured and the other occupant was seriously injured.

Date 6 November
Aircraft  Zlin Savage Cub
Location Warwick, Qld
Fatalities 0
Description Rudder control cable snapped on short final producing hardover and sharp yaw to the left. Aircraft struck ground and cartwheeled but instructor and student escaped.

Date
13 November
Aircraft  Bell 214
Location Toowoomba Aerodrome
Fatalities 0
Description During fire control operations, the helicopter lost rotor RPM and the pilot commenced a forced landing. During the forced landing, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained minor injuries.

Date
20 November
Aircraft  Brumby
Location Cowra Aerodrome, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description Aircraft struck large bird and was grounded pending full inspection.

Date
28 November
Aircraft  Boeing 747-412F
Location Sydney Airport
Fatalities 0
Description Freighter’s number one engine pod struck ground during missed approach.

Date
29 November
Aircraft Mahindra GA-8 Airvan
Location Rurruwuy, NT
Fatalities 0
Description Aircraft overran the runway on landing, resulting in substantial damage.

Date 30 November
Aircraft  Airborne Echo XT-912 ( trike)
Location Maitland, NSW
Fatalities 2
Description The aircraft collided with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed.

Date
7 December
Aircraft  Bell UH-1
Location Near Maitland, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description During aerial fire-fighting operations, the pilot detected abnormal airframe vibrations. The fire-fighting bucket was jettisoned and the pilot made a precautionary landing, which was hard, resulting in substantial damage

Date
7 December
Aircraft  Slepcev Storch SS4
Location Donnybrook, QLD
Fatalities 0
Description Aircraft made low-speed runway excursion on landing, coming to rest near a dam wall. Inspections discovered one main wheel jammed.

Date
8 December
Aircraft  Zenith Zodiac
Location Near Agnes Water, QLD
Fatalities 2
Description Sport aircraft clipped a tree on return to airstrip shortly after take-off and crashed,

Date
12 December
Aircraft  BRM Aero Bristell
Location Moorabbin Airport, VIC
Fatalities 1
Description During final approach for a touch-and-go landing, the aircraft is reported to have pitched up steeply and yawed resulting in collision with terrain.

Date
14 December
Aircraft  Angel 44
Location Mareeba QLD
Fatalities 2
Description Twin-engine pusher utility aircraft crashed after take-off.

Date
16 December
Aircraft  BRM Aero Bristell
Location Kanangra National Park, near Oberon, NSW
Fatalities 1
Description Aircraft crashed into rugged terrain on ferry flight from Wollongong to Bathurst.

Source: ATSB, RA-Aus, ASN

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