Derailment of freight train WG713 at Denman, NSW on 19 January 2016 - final report release
The derailment of an empty coal train despite temporary speed restrictions being in place highlights how track defects can deteriorate faster than expected.
Engine thrust reverser malfunction involving Airbus A320, VH-VGZ, Sydney Airport, NSW, on 20 September 2018 - final report release
A lock-out pin not removed after maintenance meant the crew of an Airbus A320 landed at Sydney with reverse thrust inadvertently deactivated.
Ground handling event involving Kavanagh B-400 Balloon, VH-LNB, near Coldstream, Victoria, on 16 March 2019 - new investigation
During the deflation of the balloon, the basket toppled over resulting in serious injuries to two passengers.
Collision with terrain involving AS350 VH-SZS, 66km east of Woomera, South Australia, on 20 March 2019 - new investigation
During power line stringing operations, the helicopter contacted a tower and subsequently collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage to the helicopter. The pilot was fatally injured.
Contact with wharf by livestock carrier Angus Express at Broome, Western Australia on 20 April 2018 - final report release
Marine pilots may encounter operational parameters outside normal limits.
Making an early decision to land your helicopter during the onset of an abnormal situation will reduce the likelihood of an accident.
In an effort to encourage precautionary landings, the ATSB is encouraging helicopter pilots to ‘don’t push it, land it’ if they encounter an abnormal situation while in flight.
Jointly developed and supported by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA), ‘Don’t push it, land it’ is safety messaging that encourages all helicopter pilots, no matter their experience or the type of helicopter they fly, to make a precautionary landing if they experience a situation that just isn’t right.