Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure or malfunction and forced landing involving Beech Aircraft Corp 76, VH-BDS, 49km NW of Cessnock Aerodrome, NSW, on 1 June 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating an engine failure or malfunction and forced landing of a Beech Aircraft Corporation 76, VH-BDS, 49 km north-west of Cessnock aerodrome, in NSW, on 1 June 2018.

The aircraft’s right engine lost power during its decent to the aerodrome. The pilot shut down the right engine and elected to conduct a forced landing.

The aircraft landed in a paddock resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. There were no reported injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and crew and gather any other available recorded data or information.

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

General details
Date: 01 June 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1828 EST   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
Location   (show map): 49km NW of Cessnock Aerodrome, Singleton (ALA)   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
Expected completion: 4th Quarter 2018   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 76  
Aircraft registration VH-BDS  
Serial number ME-64  
Operator Masterflight  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Coonamble, NSW  
Destination Cessnock, NSW  
Last update 03 December 2018