The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving an Airbus Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), near Wyndham Airport, Western Australia on 28 September 2019.
The UAV departed Wyndham Airport for flight trials. During climb, at about 8,500 ft, the UAV encountered turbulence. Shortly after, the UAV departed controlled flight and subsequently collided with terrain. There were no injuries to persons on the ground or damage to infrastructure.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview crew, examine technical documentation, and analyse recorded flight data.
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.
|Date:||28 September 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||2321 WST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Wyndham Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2020|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Sector||Remotely piloted aircraft|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Wyndham, Western Australia|
|Destination||Wyndham, Western Australia|