The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Cessna 182G, registered VH-DJN, which occurred 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Aerodrome, Queensland.
The aircraft had flown from Cloncurry to Mount Garnet on the morning of 8 April 2019, with the pilot and one passenger on board. The aircraft landed at Mount Garnet at about 0915 Eastern Standard Time, where the passenger disembarked to conduct prearranged activities in the local area. The pilot then departed for a flight to Atherton, intending to return to Mount Garnet by the prearranged time of about 1400-1430. The accident occurred during the flight to Atherton, probably at about 1000.
The wreckage was located on mountainous terrain in the Herberton Range National Park, 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Aerodrome.
The ATSB is currently evaluating the feasibility of an on-site deployment. The initial ATSB safety investigation will include examination of photographs of the wreckage and the assessment of aircraft and pilot records, weather information and any available recorded data.
Any witnesses that observed the aircraft are asked to call 1800 992 986 or complete the ATSB’s online witness form.
A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.
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
|Date:||08 April 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||14 km SSW Atherton Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|