Aviation safety investigations & reports

Forced landing involving Piper Aircraft Corp PA-36, VH-TVU, near Latrobe Valley Airport, Victoria, on 12 August 2019

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


The ATSB is investigating an engine power loss and forced landing involving a PT6 engined Piper Aircraft Corp. PA-36 aircraft, registered VH-TVU, near Latrobe Valley Airport, Victoria.

During initial climb, the engine power reduced and the pilot conducted a forced landing in a paddock. During the landing, the landing gear collapsed resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview witnesses 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: 12 August 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0830 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 2km ENE Latrobe Valley Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-36-300  
Aircraft registration VH-TVU  
Serial number 36-7760088  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Latrobe Valley, Victoria  
Destination Coffs Harbour, NSW  
Last update 28 April 2020