Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) in the recovery of data from portable electronic devices - Impulse 180TD aircraft, collision with terrain - near Maria Laach am Jauerling, Austria - 3 June 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On Saturday 9 June 2012 at around 0700 local time, an Impulse 180TDI amateur-built aircraft departed Tököl airfield, Hungary for a flight to Straubing, Germany. While en-route, the aircraft encountered adverse weather conditions, and following a Mayday radio call from the pilot, the aircraft impacted the ground, fatally injuring the pilot and passenger. 

The Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) of Germany is investigating this occurrence. In response to a request from BFU officers for technical assistance in the examination of a mobile phone and tablet device recovered from the accident aircraft, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau initiated an external aviation safety investigation in accordance with the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The mobile phone and tablet device were subsequently received at the ATSB facilities in Canberra for analysis.  While the relevant logic circuitry of both devices was functional, security features enabled on both devices prevented a successful recovery of any navigational or location/tracking data that may have existed within the units. A report was issued to the BFU documenting the process and procedures undertaken and the devices were returned to the BFU.

For more information on this investigation, please contact the BFU: www.bfu-web.de/ 




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

General details
Date: 09 June 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0700 local time   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Maria Laach am Jauerling, Austria    
State: International    
Release date: 26 March 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur built aircraft  
Aircraft model Impulse Aircraft GmbH 180TDI  
Type of operation Unknown  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Tököl Airfield, Hungary  
Destination Straubing, Germany  
Last update 14 November 2018