Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18A Dromader aircraft, VH-WHR, near Emerald Airport, Queensland, on 1 December 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18A Dromader aircraft, registered VH-WHR, while it was conducting aerial agricultural operations near Emerald Airport, Queensland, on 1 December 2017.

During the agricultural operations, the aircraft pitched down and collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. The pilot, the only person on board, was seriously injured.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information as required.

A report will be released in several months.

General details
Date: 01 December 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 6:27 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Emerald Airport N 7 km   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer PZL Warszawa-Okecie  
Aircraft model M-18A  
Aircraft registration VH-WHR  
Serial number 1Z018-07  
Operator Central Highlands Aerial Services  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Emerald, Qld  
Destination Emerald, Qld  
Last update 21 December 2018