Collision with terrain involving Bristell S-LSA aircraft, VH-YVF, Moorabbin Airport, 12 December 2019 - new investigation
During final approach for a touch and go landing, the aircraft is reported to have pitched up steeply and yawed resulting in collision with terrain. The pilot, the only person on board, was seriously injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged.
Hard landing of a UH-1H helicopter, VH-OXI, near Crawford River, NSW, on 7 December 2019 - new investigation
During aerial fire control operations, the pilot detected a tail rotor issue, disconnected the water bucket and commenced a precautionary landing. The helicopter subsequently made a hard landing, resulting in substantial damage
Incorrect configuration for landing involving Airbus A320, VH-VQK, Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, NSW, on 18 May 2018 - final report release
The flight crew of an Airbus A320 received a landing gear not down master warning while on approach to land at Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, NSW, due to an incorrect aircraft configuration following a go-around.
Near miss between train crew and passing train 2291N, Picton, NSW, on 19 November 2019 - new investigation
The driver stopped the train on the mainline and disembarked in order to inspect a defect. A passing freight train came within two metres of striking the driver.
Loss of separation involving Boeing 737 aircraft, VH-YFW and VH-VZD, near Amberley, Queensland, on 11 October 2018 - final report release
A loss of separation between two Boeing 737s on reciprocal tracks demonstrates the importance of communication and coordination between air traffic controllers operating in separate, yet adjacent airspace, as well as the need for a clear understanding of the responsibility for separation assurance when operating without a shared traffic picture.
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.