Aviation safety investigations & reports

Landing gear failure involving a GA-8 Airvan, VH-BFS, Fraser Island, Queensland, on 24 August 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a landing gear failure involving a Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8, registered VH-BFS, at Fraser Island, Queensland, on 24 August 2019.

The aircraft was being used for charter operations from the mainland to Fraser Island, with a pilot and five passengers on board. The pilot reported that, during the landing roll, the right main landing gear collapsed causing minor damage to the aircraft as it came to a stop. There were no reported injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will conduct interviews, examine components from the aircraft, and obtain aircraft 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: 24 August 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:15 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Fraser Island   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Landing gear/indication  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model GA-8  
Aircraft registration VH-BFS  
Serial number GA8-03-035  
Operator Air Fraser Island  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Oaks, Queensland  
Destination Eurong, Queensland  
Last update 17 June 2020