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Updated: 13 January 2017

ATSB investigators have completed the on-site phase of the investigation into the collision with terrain involving Cessna C172M, registered VH-WTQ, near Agnes Water, Queensland on 10 January 2017.

As part of the ongoing investigation, the ATSB will continue to gather further evidence, including:

  • pilot and aircraft maintenance documentation
  • additional witness statements
  • recovery and examination of relevant data.

Further updates will be provided as significant information comes to hand.



Published: 10 January 2017

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Cessna 172M near Agnes Water, Queensland on 10 January 2017. It is reported the aircraft collided with terrain and came to rest inverted, resulting in substantial damage. One person was fatally injured and three others sustained serious injuries.

The ATSB has deployed two investigators—specialising in aircraft engineering and operations—to the accident site. While on site, the investigators will survey the site, examine the wreckage, talk to witnesses and review aircraft and pilot documentation. They are expected to be onsite for three days.

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

General details
Date: 10 Jan 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 10:42 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Agnes Water (ALA), N 19 km Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Fatal 
Expected completion: Jan 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172M 
Aircraft registration: VH-WTQ 
Serial number: 17261931 
Type of operation: General Aviation-Unknown 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Unknown
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Last update 09 February 2017