On 24 March 2013, a Vans RV-12 amateur-built aircraft collided with terrain shortly after take-off from Lismore Airport, New South Wales. The pilot was fatally injured.
The NSW police service was responsible for investigating the accident on behalf of the state Coroner. On 10 April 2013, investigating officers contacted the ATSB and requested assistance with the recovery of data from the aircraft’s Dynon Avionics Skyview system. The display unit and control module were subsequently sent to the ATSB for examination and an investigation was initiated under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
The ATSB liaised with the manufacturer of the display unit and was able to successfully disassemble and download flight data stored on the unit. The flight data contained the accident flight, however the flight data ended moments before the aircraft collided with terrain. An archive file, containing the downloaded flight data is released as Appendix A to this report and contains four comma-separated value (.csv) files. Attention is directed to the Data Limitations section of the main report, should any analysis of the recorded information be undertaken.
The ATSB report and the associated data were prepared by the ATSB to assist the NSW police investigation. The ATSB report, including the referenced data files, has been released under section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (the Act). Per section 27(1) of the Act, this report and the appended data files are not admissible in evidence in any civil or criminal proceedings. The device containing the original data was returned to the NSW Police Service on 13 November 2013.
|Date:||24 March 2013||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||08:54 ESuT||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||04 December 2013||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Amateur Built Aircraft|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Lismore Airport, NSW|
|Destination||Lismore Airport, NSW|