Short investigations reveal important reminders for pilots and operators

A new aviation bulletin featuring ten investigation reports has just been released by the ATSB. The Aviation Short Investigation Bulletinissue 12 covers short, desk-based investigations that took place between April and July this year.  The bulletin covers incidents and accidents involving jet, turboprop and piston aircraft, and helicopters. None of the accidents were fatal; however, one pilot sustained serious injuries and some of the aircraft were seriously damaged or destroyed.

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 fumes event on a Boeing 737
  • three incidents at Gladstone Airport where takeoffs were conducted without the runway lights being activated
  • an engine power loss on takeoff in a turbo-charged Gippsland Aeronautics GA8 leading to a forced landing
  • an unexpected encounter between a Van’s RV-8 and some parachutists over Brisbane
  • the forced landing and serious injuries to the pilot of a Cessna aircraft on a remote as a result of fuel contamination
  • an engine failure on a Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 at night where runway lights failed to operate
  • a sudden loss of power to a helicopter
  • a  helicopter wirestrike
  • two incidents with student helicopter pilots.

Read the ATSB's Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 12 

Last update 04 January 2013