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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 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 11 July 2018