Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Bristell S-LSA aircraft, VH-YVF, Moorabbin Airport, 12 December 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Bristell S-LSA aircraft, registered VH-YVF, at Moorabbin Airport, Victoria, which occurred at about 0950 on 12 December 2019.

During final approach for a touch and go landing, the aircraft is reported to have pitched up steeply and yawed resulting in collision with terrain. The pilot, the only person on board, was seriously injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the accident site and the aircraft wreckage, interview air traffic control and other relevant personnel, and conduct data recovery.

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 December 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 9:50 AEDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moorabbin Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Unknown  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer BRM Aero S.R.O.  
Aircraft model BRISTELL S-LSA  
Aircraft registration VH-YVF  
Serial number 330  
Type of operation Unknown  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Unknown  
Destination Moorabbin, Victoria  
Last update 05 June 2020