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The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a single-engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft, registered VH-PDC, which occurred at Orange Airport, NSW, on 15 May 2018.

During take-off, the aircraft collided with terrain and was destroyed by fire. The two crew sustained serious injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the wreckage, gather any available recorded data and interview any witnesses.

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

General details
Date: 15 May 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1903 AEST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Orange 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: 2nd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cirrus Design Corporation 
Aircraft model: SR22 
Aircraft registration: VH-PDC 
Serial number: 4328 
Operator: Intact Aviation 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Orange, NSW
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Last update 17 May 2018