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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  
Location   (show map):Near Orange Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 08 November 2018