Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving an Insitu X200 ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) near Woleebee Creek, Queensland, on 9 January 2019

Investigation number:
AO-2019-004
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving an Insitu X200 ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) near Woleebee Creek, Queensland, on 9 January 2019.

The UAS was being used for aerial survey. The pilot reported that soon after launch, at about 600 ft above the ground, the UAS displayed airspeed abnormalities, then proceeded to stall. The UAS was recovered from the stall however the airspeed abnormalities persisted and the UAS once again stalled and collided with terrain. There were no reported injuries to any persons and the UAS was destroyed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilots and other crew, review video footage, and obtain technical data, operational procedures, maintenance and inspection records.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

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

General details
Date: 09 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0828 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Woleebee Creek   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Insitu X200 ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS)  
Operator Insitu Pacific  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Remotely piloted aircraft  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 18 January 2019