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The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in investigating the circumstances of an accident involving a Mooney M20R, with Australian registration, that collided with terrain shortly after takeoff from Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, California on 25 November 2010. The Australian pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the aircraft destroyed.

The NTSB request sought assistance in obtaining details of the pilot's experience and training. In accordance with clause 5.23 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative to the NTSB investigation and initiated its own investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Details of the pilot's experience and training were provided to the NTSB.

The NTSB is responsible for releasing the final investigation report (docket WPR11FA059) and has advised that the NTSB investigation is complete, and that the investigation report will be released to the public in due course. When released, that report will be available via the NTSB website at www.ntsb.gov



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

General details
Date: 25 November 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:25 UTC  
Location:7 km NW of Hollister Municipal Airport, California, USA Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International  
Release date: 06 September 2011 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: M20R 
Aircraft registration: VH-PPA 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Hollister
Destination:Hawaii, USA
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Last update 18 April 2018