Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine and controllability issues involving Cessna 206, VH-AEE, near Happy Valley, Fraser Island, Queensland, on 29 January 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an occurrence of engine and controllability issues involving a Cessna 206, registration VH-AEE, near Happy Valley, Fraser Island, Queensland on 29 January 2020.

During the initial climb from Happy Valley, the crew detected engine and controllability issues that resulted in a ditching and collision with water. The two crew sustained minor injuries. The substantially damaged aircraft was recovered.

As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will interview the crew and collect other evidence, including maintenance records.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 29 January 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:22 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Happy Valley, Fraser Island   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model U206G  
Aircraft registration VH-AEE  
Serial number U20605226  
Operator Beasts Company  
Type of operation Business  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point near Happy Valley, Queensland  
Destination near Happy Valley, Queensland  
Last update 06 July 2020