Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical aassistance to Recreational Aviation Australia in the examination of the engine and damaged GPS from the collision with terrain involving a Jabiru aircraft, 55-3692, at Medlow Bath, NSW on 27 Feb 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 27 February 2016, a Jabiru Aircraft, recreational registration 55-3692, collided with terrain at Medlow Bath, New South Wales. The pilot, the sole occupant, died as a result of the accident.

NSW police is the organisation responsible for investigating this accident. As part of their investigation, they had requested that Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) provide some technical assistance related to the aircraft and engine. As part of their involvement, RA-Aus requested that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) assist with the examination of the engine.

To protect the information supplied by RA-Aus to the ATSB and the ATSB's investigative work to assist them, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The Jabiru 2200J engine was disassembled and examined at a facility at Bankstown Airport on 8 April 2016 in the presence of a number of interested parties, including the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, NSW Police, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and the manufacturer. The examination did not identify any anomalies that may have contributed to the development of the accident. No further assistance was provided to RA-Aus, and further enquiries should be directed to the NSW police as the investigating agency.

General details
Date: 27 February 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Medlow Bath    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 June 2016   Occurrence category: Technical Analysis  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model ST-3  
Aircraft registration 55-3692  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Katoomba Airport, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018