Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A, VH-OBL, 101km WSW of Hobart, Tasmania, on 8 December 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-20, operated by Airlines of Tasmania, 101 km WSW of Hobart on 8 December 2018.  

During cruise, the aircraft collided with terrain. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 08 December 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 8:29am AEDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 101km WSW of Hobart   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
Expected completion: 4th Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd  
Aircraft model BN2A-20  
Aircraft registration VH-OBL  
Serial number 2035  
Operator Airlines of Tasmania  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Cambridge, Tasmania  
Destination Melaleuca, Tasmania  
Last update 10 December 2018