Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Liberty Aerospace XL2, VH-XLK, near Braidwood, New South Wales, on 6 August 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Liberty Aerospace XL2 aircraft, registered VH-XLK, about 6 km north-east of Braidwood, New South Wales.

While manoeuvring over the airfield, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled state and collided with terrain in a neighbouring paddock. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the wreckage and accident site, interview witnesses, obtain any available recorded data for analysis, and gather additional information.

A 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 relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 06 August 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 11:38 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Braidwood,   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Liberty Aerospace Incorporated  
Aircraft model XL-2  
Aircraft registration VH-XLK  
Serial number 0106  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Destination near Braidwood, NSW  
Last update 06 August 2019