Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to Recreational Aviation Australia Inc, in the download of a GPS unit from an ICP Savannah aircraft (reg. 24-7787) that collided with terrain near Moomba, SA, on 18 November 2013

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 18 November 2013, an ICP Savannah aircraft, registration 24-7787, collided with terrain near Moomba, South Australia. The pilot and sole occupant was fatally injured.

Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) is assisting the South Australian Police Service with their investigation of this accident. RA-Aus requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the download of data from a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation device from the aircraft. To facilitate this work and provide appropriate protections for the recovered data, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The AvMap Navigation GPS unit recorded the parameters date, time, latitude, longitude and altitude at a 5 second frequency. A total of 7 flights were successfully recovered from the unit including the accident flight. This data was provided to RA-Aus on 14 January 2014.




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

General details
Date: 18 November 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 20:00 CSuT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moomba    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 10 February 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ICP srl  
Aircraft model Savannah  
Aircraft registration 24-7787  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Last update 14 November 2018