Selected Australian accidents/incidents 2 October – 26 December 2022

Robinson R22 Beta NT crash
Robinson R22 Beta

Date 2 October
Aircraft Robinson R22 Beta
Location Cowcowing Lakes, WA
Fatalities 2
Description Helicopter crashed en route in wheatbelt district.

Date 6 October
Aircraft Bell 206 A
Location Near Maitland, NSW
Fatalities 1
Description Witnesses saw aircraft which had been flying at low level roll and dive into ground near river. Sole occupant killed.

Date 15 October
Aircraft DJI
Location Near Kempsey, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description Rotors of agricultural drone failed/stopped. It collided with terrain and was damaged.

Date 17 October
Aircraft Mooney M20J
Location Luskintyre, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description Pilot severely burned when aircraft crashed on approach.

Date 27 October
Aircraft Air Tractor AT-502/3/4
Location Near Toowoomba Aerodrome, Qld
Fatalities 0
Description Agricultural aircraft encountered windshear soon after take-off and was unable to climb. Pilot landed in a paddock where main landing gear dug into soft terrain and propeller struck ground.

Date 3 November
Aircraft Robinson R44 Raven I
Location Heritage survey site near Kumarina roadhouse, WA
Fatalities 0
Description Soon after take-off, rotor RPM decayed and could not be recovered. Aircraft struck ground injuring 3 passengers, 2 seriously. Pilot uninjured.

Date 5 November
Aircraft Pipistrel Virus SW
Location Griffith Airport, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing.

Date 9 November
Aircraft Kappa KP-2U Sova Sabre/Grob G102 Astir CS
Location Kybong, Qld
Fatalities 2
Description Light sport aircraft and glider collided, killing both pilots.

Date 10 November
Aircraft Saab 340B
Location Canberra Airport
Fatalities 0
Description Propeller restraint strap detached in flight and penetrated fuselage after being left in place when aircraft took off. A passenger was slightly injured.

Date 13 November
Aircraft ICP MXP-740 Savannah
Location Proserpine River, Qld
Fatalities 0
Description Light sport aircraft made uncommanded dive after take-off and pilot was forced to ditch in river. No injuries.

Date 14 November
Aircraft Robinson R22 Beta
Location Near Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, NT
Fatalities 1
Description Aircraft crashed en route for reasons yet to be determined. Wreckage located the next day. ATSB investigating.

Date 19 November
Aircraft Robinson R44
Location Forresters Beach, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description Pilot and 2 passengers injured when helicopter made heavy landing. Video shows aircraft revolving in final seconds of flight.

Date 30 November
Aircraft de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
Location Near Hamilton Island, Qld
Fatalities 0
Description Tourist floatplane had engine power loss and landed on water soon after take-off, causing minor damage. No injuries.

Date 30 November
Aircraft Hughes 269c
Location Mentone, Vic
Fatalities 0
Description Helicopter on solo training flight descended onto roof of house near Moorabbin Airport. Pilot injured and trapped in wreckage.

Date 3 December
Aircraft Bristell NG5
Location Near Muswellbrook, NSW
Fatalities 0
Description Unusual noise began in aircraft and was followed by vibration after pilot reduced power. Pilot selected nearby quarry road for emergency landing. Several kangaroos emerged during landing run and aircraft wing struck them, sending it into a spinning skid and causing aircraft to strike embankment. Pilot uninjured.

Date 9 December
Aircraft Jabiru J170
Location Gawler, SA
Fatalities 0
Description Instructor took over when student was unable to maintain climb on upwind leg of circuit. Instructor discovered engine was only developing partial power. Examination found cold air intake dislodged.

Date 16 December
Aircraft Jabiru SK
Location Near Caiguna, SA
Fatalities 1
Description Light sport aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances on transcontinental solo flight.

Date 24 December
Aircraft Cessna 210 Centurion II
Location Near Bulman, NT
Fatalities 2
Description Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in cruise flight. ATSB investigating.

Date 26 December 2022
Aircraft Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair Super II FT
Location Near Appin, NSW
Fatalities 2
Description Experimental category aircraft started small bushfire when it crashed near Wedderburn Aerodrome. on flight from Temora, NSW. ATSB investigating.

Sources: Aviation Safety Network, RA-Aus, ATSB