Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Cessna 172, VH-CBB, 31 km west of Mittagong, NSW, on 22 March 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving Cessna 172, VH-CBB, 31 km west of Mittagong, NSW on 22 March 2020.

On approach to the private airstrip, the pilot reported the aircraft was affected by extreme turbulence and was unable to reach the runway under full power. The approach to the runway was over a ravine and the aircraft was below the level of the runway. In anticipation, the pilot cut the engine power over heavily forested area where the aircraft collided with terrain at low speed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather any other relevant information.

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: 22 March 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1400 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 31 km west of Mittagong   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model C172  
Aircraft registration VH-CBB  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Craggy Glen, New South Wales  
Destination Craggy Glen, New South Wales  
Last update 27 March 2020