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.
|Date:||14 May 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0830 UTC||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||7 km NW of Bellburn Airstrip (Bungle Bungles)||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Expected completion:||1st Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Unknown|