Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the Australian Sports Rotorcraft Association - Examination of fractured mast components - Collision with terrain - Titanium Explorer autogyro G0014, near Orange Aerodrome, NSW on 31 October 2018

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 31 October 2018, a Tag Aviation Titanium Explorer autogyro experienced an inflight separation of the upper portion of the rotor mast and subsequently collided with terrain near Orange Aerodrome, NSW. The autogyro was destroyed by the post impact fire and both occupants were fatally injured.

The Australian Sports Rotorcraft Association has requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in examining fractured rotor mast components. The purpose of this examination is to identify factors that contributed to the mast separation and subsequent collision with terrain.

To facilitate this work, the ATSB has initiated an external investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 31 October 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1209 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Near Orange    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Tag Aviation, Titanium Explorer  
Aircraft registration G0014  
Serial number TA0001  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Orange, NSW  
Destination Orange, NSW  
Last update 21 November 2018