Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure and forced landing involving Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan, VH-BFL, 7 km NW of Bellburn Airstrip, Western Australia, on 14 May 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the forced landing of a GA-8 Airvan aircraft which occurred approximately seven kilometres north of the Bellburn airstrip in the Purnululu National Park – Bungle Bungles, Western Australia on 14 May 2018.

During the flight, it has been reported the engine ran rough and subsequently lost power, resulting in the crew conducting a forced landing in an inaccessible area.

As part of the investigation, ATSB Transport Safety Investigators will interview the pilot and other witnesses, examine maintenance records amongst other activities.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 14 May 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0830 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 7 km NW of Bellburn Airstrip (Bungle Bungles)   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model GA-8  
Aircraft registration VH-BFL  
Serial number GA8-06-107  
Operator Shoal Air  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Last update 19 March 2019