Derailment of loaded Pacific National coal service TM94, near Moss Vale, New South Wales, on 28 June 2019 - final report
Rolling stock operators and maintainers should ensure that axle maintenance and inspection procedures include non-destructive testing of known defect areas as part of the regular maintenance program.
Near miss with maintenance worker on Skitube Alpine Railway, Bullocks Flat, New South Wales, on 3 July 2019 - final report
A maintenance electrician was inadvertently briefly beneath a moving train wagon during a shunting operation at the Skitube Alpine Railway’s Bullocks Flat Terminal, a new ATSB investigation report details.
Near collision between Piper PA-28, VH-XDI and ATR72, VH-FVR, Albury Airport, New South Wales, on 19 October 2019 - final report
A near collision where a Piper PA-28 training aircraft turned in front of an ATR72 regional airliner, reducing separation between the two aircraft to about 110 metres horizontally and 75 feet vertically, illustrates the dangers of making assumptions and having incomplete situational awareness.
Collision with terrain involving Cessna 172, VH-CBB, 31 km west of Mittagong, New South Wales, on 22 March 2020 - final report
Turbulence during a shallower than intended landing approach resulted in the pilot of a Cessna 172 aircraft electing to reduce power and land in a tree canopy about 50 metres short of the runway threshold.
Collision with terrain involving Morane-Saulnier, MS-893A, VH-UQI, 24 km south-east Amberley, Queensland, on 6 November 2020 - new investigation
During a flight from Gunnedah, New South Wales, to Archerfield Airport, Queensland, the pilot broadcast a MAYDAY call, and had to make a forced landing in a paddock on a property at Lyons. Witnesses reported seeing smoke trailing behind the aircraft, and hearing the engine ‘coughing’ before the sound ceased.
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.