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The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a YAK-9UM, VH-YIX, near Latrobe Valley Aerodrome, Victoria on 7 September 2018.

The aircraft collided with terrain and the pilot was fatally injured. Five investigators from Brisbane and Canberra travelled to the accident site to begin the evidence collection phase of the investigation. This will include the examination of the wreckage, interviewing witnesses, and obtaining any available recorded data for analysis, amongst other activities.

A report will be published at the completion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 07 September 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1433 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Latrobe Valley Aerodrome, NW 19 km (near Moe-Walhalla Road, Tanjil South) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: Yakovlev Aircraft Factories - YAK-9UM 
Aircraft registration: VH-YIX 
Serial number: 0470409 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Latrobe Valley, Vic.
Destination:Latrobe Valley, Vic.
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Last update 10 September 2018