Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with water involving Cessna 182, VH-WNR, north of Moreton Island, Queensland, on 22 January 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with water involving a Cessna 182, VH-WNR, off Moreton Island, Queensland, on 22 January 2020.

The aircraft departed Caloundra Aerodrome with the pilot and a passenger on board for a private flight, sightseeing around Moreton Island. At 1626, the pilot broadcast a Mayday call. A search and rescue operation was then initiated.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine wreckage recovered from the aircraft and review air traffic control recordings. The ATSB will also interview any witnesses and review aircraft records, pilot records and meteorological 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: 22 January 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1626   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): North of Moreton Island, 22 km NNE Tangalooma   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182Q  
Aircraft registration VH-WNR  
Serial number 18266543  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Caloundra, Queensland  
Last update 23 January 2020