Preliminary report released on 30 March 2011

On 5 February 2011, the pilot of a Cessna 310R aircraft, registered VH-XGX, was conducting a return flight to Darwin, Northern Territory, following a charter flight to Bathurst Island, Northern Territory.

The pilot departed from Bathurst Island Aerodrome at approximately 2140 Central Standard Time and the aircraft collided with terrain shortly thereafter - approximately 1 km from the upwind end of the departure runway.

The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, sustained fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed by the impact forces and a post-impact fire.