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Investigations reveal valuable aviation safety lessons

A new aviation bulletin featuring 11 investigation reports has just been released by the ATSB. The Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin Issue 14 covers short, office-based investigations conducted over the past six months. 

The bulletin covers incidents and accidents involving turboprop and piston aircraft, and helicopters. None of the accidents were fatal; however, some of the aircraft were seriously damaged.

Short investigations cover incidents and accidents where the associated factors are usually well-understood and do not require more detailed investigations. Nonetheless, each investigation has the potential to produce important Safety Messages for pilots, operators and others in the aviation industry. The investigations also help the ATSB identify statistics and trends in air safety.

The incidents covered in the report include:

  • a propeller strike involving a Fairchild SA227-DC
  • a depressurisation event involving a Metro 3
  • two aircraft proximity events at Ballarat airport
  • an inadvertent landing gear retraction involving an Aero Commander
  • an airspace-related event between a Cessna 172 and a Piper Warrior
  • fuel starvation involving a Piper Seneca
  • a runway excursion involving a Piper PA-28
  • engine failure involving a Piper PA-32
  • a hard landing involving a Cessna P206B
  • an in-flight fire involving a Eurocopter AS-350BA
  • a collision with terrain involving a Kawasaki 369HS

Read the ATSB’s Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 14


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Last update 04 January 2013