Collision with water involving Cessna 182, VH-WNR, north of Moreton Island, Queensland, on 22 January 2019 - new investigation
The aircraft departed Caloundra Aerodrome with the pilot and a passenger on board for a private flight, sightseeing around Moreton Island. At 1626, the pilot broadcast a Mayday call. A search and rescue operation was then initiated.
Loss of separation involving Airbus A330, VH-EBJ, and Boeing 737, VH-VZO, near Sydney Airport, NSW, on 5 August 2019 - preliminary report
The preliminary report details that the loss of separation occurred as both aircraft turned to the right. The investigation is continuing.
The driver of an empty passenger train that passed two signals at ‘Danger’ and entered a level crossing before the crossing booms had lowered was probably influenced by nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Collision with terrain involving Wittman Tailwind, VH-TWQ, Tooloom National Park, NSW, on 12 January 2020 - new investigation
The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Wittman Tailwind, VH-TWQ, at Tooloom National Park, NSW, on 12 January 2020. The aircraft collided with terrain. Both occupants were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.
Collision with water involving Garlick Helicopters UH-1H, VH-ONZ, near Eden, New South Wales, on 9 January 2020 - new investigation
While conducting aerial fire control operations, the helicopter was reported to have lost power and collided with water (Ben Boyd reservoir) resulting in substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.