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.
|Date:||31 October 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1209 EST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft model||Tag Aviation, Titanium Explorer|
|Type of operation||Sports Aviation|
|Sector||Sport and recreational|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Orange, NSW|