Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fairchild Industries, SA227-AC, VH-UZP, near Casino Aerodrome NSW, 24 December 2009

Investigation number:
Status: Discontinued


Section 21 (2) of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) empowers the ATSB to discontinue an investigation at any time. Section 21 (3) of the TSI Act requires the ATSB to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation.

An investigation was commenced into a pitch down event involving a Fairchild Industries Inc. SA226-AC on a scheduled freight flight from Moree, NSW to Brisbane, Qld on 24 December 2009. Information from tests conducted by the aircraft operator, on the aircraft after the flight, did not reveal any problems with the aircraft and it was returned to service. The ATSB's analysis of flight recorder data did not disclose any additional safety information. The ATSB has assessed that further investigation was unlikely to produce any benefit for transport safety and has elected to discontinue the investigation.

The data collected in the course of the investigation may be used by the ATSB for future statistical analysis and safety research purposes.

General details
Date: 24 December 2009   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 1030 ESuT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Casino Aerodrome    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Flight control systems  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Industries Inc  
Aircraft model SA227  
Aircraft registration VH-UZP  
Serial number AC-498  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Moree, NSW  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 03 April 2020