Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving ASH-25M glider (modified with a gas turbine engine, experimental), VH-GOA, 13 km WNW Bathurst Airport, NSW, on 21 January 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of an ASH-25M motor glider (modified with a gas turbine engine, experimental), VH-GOA, which occurred at Pipers Field, 13km WNW of Bathurst Airport, NSW on 21 January 2018. The glider was destroyed by post-impact fire and the pilot was fatally injured.

A team of two Transport Safety Investigators has been deployed to the accident site. As part of the investigation, the investigators will examine the accident site, gather any recorded data and will interview witnesses.

The ATSB encourages anyone who witnessed the accident to call 1800 020 616.

The ATSB will release a report into the accident once the investigation has concluded. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 21 January 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:10 ESuT   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
Location   (show map): Pipers Field, 13 km WNW Bathurst Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau  
Aircraft model ASH-25M  
Aircraft registration VH-GOA  
Serial number 25045  
Type of operation Gliding  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bathurst, NSW  
Destination Bathurst, NSW  
Last update 03 December 2018