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



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