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ATR aircraft on approach to land
As a result of the investigation into a Virgin Australia Regional Airlines flight sustaining a pitch disconnect while on descent into Sydney, the ATSB has identified a safety issue that needed to be highlighted before this investigation is completed.
Search for MH370
Updated 22 June 2016 ...
REX Saab Aircraft inflight
Fatigue may have contributed to the first officer not hearing the captain’s ‘gear up’ call.
Accident site of the Bell 206L-1 helicopter, registered VH-VDZ at Olympic Park oval, Victoria. Source: Witness
While repositioning, the pilot commenced lifting this Bell 206L-1 helicopter into a hover from a temporary helipad. It started rolling about the right skid until the main rotor blades struck the ground.
Stock photo of passenger aircraft in cloud
The original forecast at the time of departure for the intended destination of Adelaide, did not predict fog. During the flights, fog formed at Adelaide, preventing a normal landing.
Photo of the Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-HRW pre-accident
Late afternoon glare and light refraction affected the pilot’s vision and depth of field, with tragic results.
Privacy Awareness Week 2016
The ATSB is a proud partner of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2016. This year's PAW theme, Privacy in your hands, reinforces the message that organisations, agencies and individuals must be vigilant in maintaining a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities for the handling of personal information.
Report into Emerging trends in Australian aviation safety January – June 2015
The number of reported aircraft fumes and smoke occurrences involving high capacity aircraft in Australia is trending significantly lower, according to an ATSB report published today.
Etihad Airways Airbus A330 at airport gate. Source: ATSB
A wasp nest obstructed the Captain’s pitot probe after a short layover in Brisbane
Greg Hood new Chief Commissioner
The ATSB Commission has warmly welcomed the appointment of Greg Hood as the ATSB’s new Chief Commissioner from 1 July 2016.
The car carrier Grand Pioneer
Two large ships’ sterns broke away from their berths when a common bollard holding their stern lines failed, damaging a rail bridge and a third vessel.
VH-NJI fire damaged No.2 engine
Metal fatigue caused a welded boss on the No.2 engine to give way, resulting in a fuel-fed fire that was brought under control by the flight crew.
Air tractor collides with ute
A collision between a ute and aircraft shows why good communications is essential in all aircraft operations.
Have your say! - ATSB survey
The ATSB is conducting a short online survey, seeking your views on how we’re travelling.
  Amateur-built One Design DR-107 aircraft, registered VH-EGT
A fatal accident involving an amateur-built aircraft has prompted the ATSB to issue a formal safety recommendation to Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Fairchild Industries Metro 23 aircraft after runway excursion at Portland, Vic
A runway excursion involving a Fairchild Industries Metro 23 aircraft shows why it’s important that maintenance and inspection programs adequately provide for the detection of corrosion and cracking.
Emergency services responding the fire on board the livestock carrier Ocean Driver
This shipboard fire quickly got out of control causing extensive damage and several injuries due to smoke inhalation. An open cabin door and a stairwell fire door left hooked open were contributing factors.
Intersection of the rail accident in Guildford, Western Australia
A track worker who was fatally struck by a passenger train in Guildford, WA had no form of protection such as a lookout, at the work site.
Engine failures in light aeroplanes
Over the 6-year study period between 2009 and 2014, 322 engine failures or malfunctions involving light aircraft were reported to the ATSB and/or Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus).
Cessna aircraft VH-ZFW
Oil on the windscreen due to an unsecured engine oil filler cap prompted the pilot of a Cessna T210N to attempt a go-around, with tragic results.
QantasLink Boeing 717 aircraft, registered VH-NXO and operated by Cobham Airline Services
A recent ATSB investigation shows how unexpected developments or confusion about procedures can contribute to decisions and actions that increase the safety risk to the aircraft.
Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 aircraft
It pays to have a plan if things start to go wrong - in this case the pilot made all the right moves.
Pilot incapacitation occurrences 2010–2014
Gastrointestinal illness, followed by laser strikes are the leading causes of pilot incapacitation, according to a new ATSB research report.
Raytheon B200 aircraft
Two recent incidents illustrate how quickly and unexpectedly damage can occur to aircraft.
Piper Chieftain aircraft VH-HJH. Source: South East Qld Aviation News
This incident shows how a pilot’s good fuel management ensured the safe landing of a Piper Chieftain aircraft after an unexpected incident.
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 T Mk 10 Chipmunk aircraft, registered VH-UPD
The pilot of a de Havilland Canada DHC-1 T Mk 10 Chipmunk aircraft, was taking a passenger for a brief, private flight over Coffs Harbour Regional Airport, NSW.
 
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As a result of the investigation into a Virgin Australia Regional Airlines flight sustaining a pitch disconnect while on descent into Sydney, the ATSB has identified a safety issue that needed to be highlighted before this investigation is completed.
 
Updated 22 June 2016 ...
 
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Fatigue may have contributed to the first officer not hearing the captain’s ‘gear up’ call.
 
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While repositioning, the pilot commenced lifting this Bell 206L-1 helicopter into a hover from a temporary helipad. It started rolling about the right skid until the main rotor blades struck the ground.
 
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The original forecast at the time of departure for the intended destination of Adelaide, did not predict fog. During the flights, fog formed at Adelaide, preventing a normal landing.
 
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Late afternoon glare and light refraction affected the pilot’s vision and depth of field, with tragic results.
 
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The ATSB is a proud partner of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2016. This year's PAW theme, Privacy in your hands, reinforces the message that organisations, agencies and individuals must be vigilant in maintaining a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities for the handling of personal information.
 
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The number of reported aircraft fumes and smoke occurrences involving high capacity aircraft in Australia is trending significantly lower, according to an ATSB report published today.
 
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A wasp nest obstructed the Captain’s pitot probe after a short layover in Brisbane
 
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The ATSB Commission has warmly welcomed the appointment of Greg Hood as the ATSB’s new Chief Commissioner from 1 July 2016.
 
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Two large ships’ sterns broke away from their berths when a common bollard holding their stern lines failed, damaging a rail bridge and a third vessel.
 
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Metal fatigue caused a welded boss on the No.2 engine to give way, resulting in a fuel-fed fire that was brought under control by the flight crew.
 
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A collision between a ute and aircraft shows why good communications is essential in all aircraft operations.
 
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The ATSB is conducting a short online survey, seeking your views on how we’re travelling.
 
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A fatal accident involving an amateur-built aircraft has prompted the ATSB to issue a formal safety recommendation to Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
 
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A runway excursion involving a Fairchild Industries Metro 23 aircraft shows why it’s important that maintenance and inspection programs adequately provide for the detection of corrosion and cracking.
 
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This shipboard fire quickly got out of control causing extensive damage and several injuries due to smoke inhalation. An open cabin door and a stairwell fire door left hooked open were contributing factors.
 
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A track worker who was fatally struck by a passenger train in Guildford, WA had no form of protection such as a lookout, at the work site.
 
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Over the 6-year study period between 2009 and 2014, 322 engine failures or malfunctions involving light aircraft were reported to the ATSB and/or Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus).
 
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Oil on the windscreen due to an unsecured engine oil filler cap prompted the pilot of a Cessna T210N to attempt a go-around, with tragic results.
 
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A recent ATSB investigation shows how unexpected developments or confusion about procedures can contribute to decisions and actions that increase the safety risk to the aircraft.
 
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It pays to have a plan if things start to go wrong - in this case the pilot made all the right moves.
 
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Gastrointestinal illness, followed by laser strikes are the leading causes of pilot incapacitation, according to a new ATSB research report.
 
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Two recent incidents illustrate how quickly and unexpectedly damage can occur to aircraft.
 
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This incident shows how a pilot’s good fuel management ensured the safe landing of a Piper Chieftain aircraft after an unexpected incident.
 
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The pilot of a de Havilland Canada DHC-1 T Mk 10 Chipmunk aircraft, was taking a passenger for a brief, private flight over Coffs Harbour Regional Airport, NSW.
 
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We are warning people to beware of callers imitating ATSB officers claiming to offer compensation for accidents.
 
 
 
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