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Updated: 24 November 2016

The ATSB has completed the on-site phase of the investigation into the collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor AT-502 aircraft, registered VH-LIK, which occurred near Walgett, New South Wales on 5 November 2016.

That phase included:

  • examining the aircraft wreckage
  • recovery of a number of engine items and components, a propeller blade and an onboard recording device for subsequent examination at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  • interviewing a number of persons.

The investigation is continuing and will examine the:

  • weather affecting the flight
  • preparation for and conduct of the flight
  • aircraft maintenance records
  • pilot’s records and history
  • operator’s processes
  • recovered items, components and recording device.

Figure 1: Airtractor 502B file photo

Airtractor 502B file photo. Source: Airtractor
Source: Airtractor





Published: 7 November 2016

The ATSB is investigating a fatal aircraft accident involving an Air Tractor AT-502 registered VH-LIK, that occurred near Walgett, NSW on 5 November 2016. The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting spraying operations. The pilot was the sole occupant.

The ATSB has deployed a team of three investigators to the accident site. The team arrived on Sunday and are expected to remain on site until Tuesday. As part of the investigation the team will:

  • Examine the aircraft wreckage and site
  • Collect and review aircraft and pilot documentation
  • Review weather conditions at the time of the occurrence

Witnesses are asked to call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.


General details
Date: 05 November 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 10:00 ESuT Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination 
Location   (show map):near Walgett Airport, E 60 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT-502 
Aircraft registration: VH-LIK 
Serial number: 502-0115 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
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Last update 14 November 2018