Wirestrike and collision with terrain involving Robinson R44, VH-HNF, at Steam Plains, NSW on 31 July 2020 - new investigation
During agricultural spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.
Out-of-gauge collision between freight train 3WB3 and passenger train C181, Loftus, NSW, on 21 July 2020 - new investigation
The ATSB is investigating the out-of-gauge collision between Pacific National freight train 3WB3 and NSW Trains passenger service C181 at Loftus, NSW, on 21 July 2020.
Loss of separation involving Boeing 777, N2333U and ATR 72, VH-FVQ, near Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 22 January 2020 - final report
Likely flight crew confusion with Sydney-centric departure procedures contributed to a Boeing 777 turning right instead of left on departure from Sydney Airport, resulting in a loss of separation with an ATR72 which had taken off from the parallel runway, an ATSB investigation notes.
Separation issue involving Piper PA-28, VH-TAX and The Airplane Factory Sling 2, VH-ZSD, Moorabbin Airport, Victoria, on 23 July 2020 - new investigation
While the Sling 2 was on the base leg of an approach to runway 17 left for a touch-and-go, the Piper was instructed to line up on the runway. As the Piper was in the lined up position, the Sling 2 overflew the Piper and landed on the runway.
Depressurisation event involving a Cessna 441, VH-LBY, near Broome, Western Australia, on 22 July 2020 - new investigation
During cruise, the crew heard a loud noise and the cabin depressurised. The crew and passengers donned oxygen masks and an emergency descent to 10,000 ft was conducted.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.