Main rotor blade disbonding involving Robinson R44 Raven I, VH-RJN, 37 km south of Mareeba Aerodrome, Queensland, on 3 April 2020 - new investigation
The ATSB is planning to examine the damaged blade at its technical facilities in Canberra. If any emerging safety issues are identified, the ATSB will provide immediate advice to the relevant parties responsible for the continuing airworthiness and overall safety of the type-design.
Controlled flight into terrain involving Cessna 182, VH-DJN, 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Airport, Queensland, on 8 April 2019 - final report
Low cloud and reduced visibility almost certainly resulted in the pilot of a Cessna 182 losing visual reference with the ground before the aircraft collided with rising terrain.
Uncommanded engine shutdown involving De Havilland Aircraft of Canada DHC-8, VH-LQD, 77 km north-north-west of Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 26 June 2018 - final report
When performing safety‑critical tasks like aircraft maintenance, it is very important that procedures are clear and unambiguous in order to avoid misinterpretation and error such as those that occurred in this incident.
Severe turbulence and loss of control involving a Cessna 210M, VH-SJW, 30 km south of Darwin Airport, Northern Territory, on 25 November 2019 - final report
Despite attempting to avoid a thunderstorm while flying in the Top End during the build-up, the pilot of a single-engine Cessna encountered sudden and sustained severe turbulence, resulting in a loss of control for an extended period and minor injuries to passengers.
Avionics system event involving Fokker F100, VH-FNR, West Angelas Aerodrome, WA, on 1 September 2020 - new investigation
During landing, the TO/GA (Take-Off / Go-Around) autothrottle mode activated and reverse thrust was unable to be selected.
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.