Aviation safety issues and actions

Operator’s procedures and practices for airborne inspections of a landing area

Issue number: AO-2017-005-SI-01
Who it affects: The operator’s pilots and passengers.
Issue owner: Wyndham Aviation Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2017-005
Date: 17 October 2019

Safety issue description

The operator normally conducted airborne inspections of the Middle Island aeroplane landing area at about 50–100 ft while flying at normal cruise speed towards an area of water, and its procedures did not ensure the effective management of the risk of an engine failure or power loss when at a low height.

Current issue status: No longer relevant
Status justification:

Following the accident, the operator ceased flight operations.

Last update 17 October 2019