Loss of control and collision with terrain involving Angel Aircraft Corporation 44, VH-IAZ, near Mareeba Airport, Queensland, on 14 December 2019 - final report
A twin piston-engined Angel 44 utility aircraft was conducting a simulated engine failure, when, about 20 seconds after take-off from Mareeba Airport in far north Queensland, it rolled rapidly to the right and impacted the ground, fatally injuring the pilot and instructor.
Defective bearing on passenger train SN68, at Yerrinbool, New South Wales, on 13 October 2020 - new investigation
The driver on SN68 advised a fire had occurred on the trailing bogie of locomotive TE2811 at Yerrinbool platform on the Up Main. A wheel bearing assembly on bogie NJA31 had failed. The fire brigade attended and the fire was extinguished.
Loss of control involving Cessna 152, VH-JIW, 34 km east-south-east of Archerfield Airport, Queensland, on 28 May 2019 - final report
A Cessna 152 abruptly pitched down and entered a steep dive when a student pilot released the aircraft’s control wheel during a demonstration of the effects of control and the use of trim, an ATSB investigation details.
Train parting and subsequent loss of wagons involving freight train 3PG1, about 90 km west of Ivanhoe, NSW, on 2 October 2020 - new investigation
At about 1230, freight train 3PG1 lost brake pipe air and stopped at about 904 track km, 90 km west of Ivanhoe. The crew repaired an air leak and the train continued its journey to Ivanhoe where it was discovered that four wagons were missing from the train. The wagons were subsequently found at 906.5 track km.
Take-off from a closed runway involving Fairchild Industries SA226, VH-LDQ, at Gunnedah Airport, New South Wales, on 20 August 2020 - new investigation
As the aircraft accelerated, it became apparent that there were two holes excavated from the runway pavement. The pilot attempted to avoid the holes but was unable to clear them with the left main undercarriage.
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.