Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Osprey 2 Amphibian, registered VH-WID, near Maitland Airport, NSW, on 17 May 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving an amateur-built Osprey 2 Amphibian, registered VH-WID, near Maitland Airport, NSW, on 17 May 2020.

During approach, the aircraft collided with terrain, resulting in fatal injuries to the pilot. The aircraft was destroyed.

As part of the investigation, investigators will be examining the aircraft wreckage, interviewing witnesses, reviewing recorded flight data, and examining records.

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

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

General details
Date: 17 May 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 10:00 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Maitland Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Osprey 2 Amphibian  
Aircraft registration VH-WID  
Serial number WJC 003  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Destination Rutherford, New South Wales  
Last update 19 May 2020