Date 1 October
Location Jandakot Airport, WA
Description Training helicopter made hard landing after uncommanded yaw and several rotations during low hover. Student and instructor uninjured
Date 6 October
Aircraft Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat
Location Iveragh, Qld
Description Aircraft went out of control during a touch-and-go landing and impacted a barbed wire fence.
Date 15 October
Aircraft American Legend AL18 Super Cub
Location Wellwood Station, western NSW
Description Gust of wind led to ground loop that resulted in tail-dragger aircraft flipping inverted on runway.
Date 23 October
Aircraft Airbus A320
Location Brisbane Airport, Qld
Description During take-off about 40 kt a right engine ‘stall’ warning sounded, and aircraft yawed to the right. The crew rejected the take-off. Borescope inspection found damage at tips of some blades in the compressor section. Engine was replaced.
Date 25 October
Aircraft Cessna 140
Location Caboolture Airport, Qld
Description Aircraft flipped inverted following heavy braking after touch and go landing was abandoned.
Date 31 October
Aircraft Kavanagh B-425
Location Near Maitland, NSW
Description Passenger carrying balloon failed to climb after release and travelled about 100 m downwind at 50 ft AGL before striking trees.
Date 4 November
Aircraft Aquila AT01 (A210)
Location Near Carcoar, NSW
Description Aircraft collided with terrain under unknown circumstances during training flight, killing student and instructor.
Date 14 November
Aircraft Aeroprakt A-22LS Foxbat
Location Cromer, NSW
Description Aircraft damaged beyond repair after landing in a sporting field in northern Sydney suburb on a training flight. Minor injuries to instructor and student.
Date 23 November
Aircraft Cessna 150
Location Near Mount Mercer, VIC
Description Instrument rated private pilot decided to make precautionary landing after encountering cloud and airspeed unreliability/pitot icing during cross country flight. Pilot saw and avoided wire fence late on final, but aircraft hit another fence during landing rollout.
Date 28 November
Aircraft Airbus A320/Jabiru J-230-D
Location Ballina Airport ,NSW
Description Airprox between airliner approaching Ballina runway 06 and private aircraft tracking south. TCAS alert sounded and A320 passed beneath Jabiru.
Date 30 November
Aircraft Jabiru SP6
Location Near Stanley, Tasmania
Description Aircraft force landed in a field after a loss of engine power soon after take-off. Nose gear collapsed and pilot was injured but was able to walk away and report crash.
Date 2 December
Aircraft Robinson R44
Location Near Tallong, Southern Highlands, NSW
Description Helicopter crashed for unestablished reason on training flight. Wreckage found in remote area near Shoalhaven River.
Date 8 December
Aircraft Jabiru SP470
Location West Sale Airport, Vic
Description Nose wheel strut collapsed after touch-and-go landing in gusty conditions. Propeller struck runway.
Date 19 December
Aircraft Ekolet KR-030 Topaz
Location Maryborough Airport, Qld
Description Touchdown damaged landing gear of light sport aircraft.
Date 22 December
Aircraft Robinson R44
Location Near Clare, SA
Description Pilot of agricultural helicopter heard loud bang and experienced control difficulties on approach to land near refuelling vehicle. Refueller saw tail rotor stop and helicopter began rotating and collided with refuelling vehicle.
Aircraft Dyn’Aero MCR-01 VLA
Location Near Serpentine Airfield Perth, WA
Description GA-registered light sport aircraft crashed on approach during test flight after maintenance, killing the pilot. He had returned to Australia after having been laid off as an airline pilot in the US due to COVID-19.
Sources: Aviation Safety Network, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, RA-AUS