Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control involving Cessna 152, VH-JIW, near Archerfield, Queensland, on 28 May 2019

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


Update: 28 May 2020

The investigation into the loss of control involving Cessna 152, VH-JIW, near Archerfield, Queensland, on 28 May 2019 is continuing.

The investigation is currently in the ‘Final report: Internal review’ phase. Final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.

If a review identifies any issues with a report, such as information that needs to be expanded or findings that need to be modified, investigators will look to collect new evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.

ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed information from multiple sources, including the:

  • operator 
  • flight instructor 
  • maintenance provider 
  • Airservices Australia 
  • Bureau of Meteorology 

Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.



Initial summary

The ATSB is investigating the loss of control involving Cessna 152, VH-JIW, near Archerfield, Queensland, on 28 May 2019.

During a training flight, the aircraft entered a dive that was recovered at approximately 400 ft AGL. The post-flight inspection revealed damage to the starboard horizontal stabiliser.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will interview involved parties and witnesses.

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.

General details
Date: 28 May 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 11:30 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Archerfield Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-JIW  
Serial number 15281439  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Archerfield Airport, Qld  
Destination Archerfield Airport, Qld  
Last update 17 June 2020