Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure and collision with terrain, involving Cessna 210, N210BA, Moruya, NSW, on 19 December 2019

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Cessna P210N, registration N210BA, near Moruya Airport, New South Wales, on 19 December 2019.

During cruise, the engine failed and the pilot diverted the aircraft to Moruya. During final approach to land, the aircraft collided with the ground, resulting in substantial damage.

The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries.

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: 19 December 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1258 ESuT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moruya Airport   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model P210N  
Aircraft registration N210BA  
Serial number P21000158  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Cambridge, Tasmania  
Last update 26 May 2020