Collision with terrain following an engine power loss involving Cessna 172M, VH‑WTQ, 12 NM (22 km) north-west of Agnes Water, Queensland on 10 January 2017 - final report
After conducting initial checks, the pilot elected to conduct a significant left turn to the beach. During the continued turn, the aircraft impacted the beach with little or no control and a significant descent rate.
Collision with terrain involving Airbus Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle, near Wyndham Airport, Western Australia on 28 September 2019 - new investigation
The UAV departed Wyndham Airport for flight trials. During climb, at about 8,500 ft, the UAV encountered turbulence, departed controlled flight and subsequently collided with terrain.
Parting of Metro Trains Melbourne passenger train TD 3817 at Croydon, Victoria on 9 November 2018 - final report
A six-car Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) passenger train travelling from Flinders Street Station to Lilydale Station uncoupled shortly after leaving Croydon Station.
With the completion of the maintenance work, the driver of a train noticed that the level crossing protection equipment was not operating. He stopped his train but was unable to prevent it from occupying the crossing.
Collision with terrain involving Liberty Aerospace XL2, VH-XLK, 9 km north-east of Braidwood, New South Wales, on 6 August 2019 - preliminary report
At about 500 ft above ground level the left wing dropped and the aircraft entered a steep rotating descent. The pilot was unable to recover control of the aircraft before it impacted terrain. The investigation is continuing.
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.