Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Collision with terrain - near Hollister Airport, California, USA, 25 November 2010

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: 7 km NW of Hollister Municipal Airport, California, USA    
State: International    
Release date: 06 September 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model M20R  
Aircraft registration VH-PPA  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Hollister  
Destination Hawaii, USA  
Last update 03 April 2020