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Update: 22 December 2017

The investigation is continuing. A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should any additional safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.



The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Cessna 208 seaplane near Hamilton Island, Queensland. During the approach to land, the seaplane bounced on the water and struck trees, causing substantial damage to the aircraft and minor injuries to one passenger.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB investigation team, comprising engineering and technical specialists, will:

  • interview the pilot and passengers
  • gather aircraft and pilot documentation
  • review the weather conditions at the time of the accident.

Any witnesses are asked to call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

General details
Date: 28 January 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 15:28 EST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Hamilton Island, NE 11 km (Chance Bay) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 208 Caravan 
Aircraft registration: VH-WTY 
Serial number: 20800522 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hamilton Island, Qld
Destination:Chance Bay, Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018