Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to RA-Aus - regarding the accident involving a 'Boorabee' ultralight aircraft, registered 19-1418 on 12 October 2009

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 12 October 2009, a 'Boorabee' ultralight aircraft, registered 19-1418, being operated on a private flight from Renmark, Vic. to Casino, NSW, impacted the ground approximately 37 km west-south-west of Hay, NSW. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was fatally injured. In assisting the NSW Police in their investigation of this accident, Recreational Aviation Australia Inc (RA-Aus) requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery of information from a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) unit recovered from the accident site.

To protect the information supplied by RA-Aus to the ATSB and investigative work undertaken to assist RA-Aus, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act). The ATSB completed its recovery of data from the Garmin® GPS72 portable GPS receiver (serial No: 82377157) and provided the data to RA-Aus in the interests of transport safety, under the provisions of section 61 of the TSI Act.

Contact details for RA-Aus are at Website: www.raa.asn.au



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.


General details
Date: 12 October 2009   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: ESuT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 37 Km WSW of Hay, NSW    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 December 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer TL Ultralight  
Aircraft model Boorabee  
Aircraft registration 19-1418  
Serial number -  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Renmark, Vic  
Destination Casino, NSW  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 03 April 2020