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.