Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the NSW Police – Recovery of data from an avionics system VANS RV-12, Lismore Airport NSW on 24 March 2013

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 24 March 2013, a Vans RV-12 amateur-built aircraft collided with terrain shortly after take-off from Lismore Airport, New South Wales. The pilot was fatally injured.

The NSW police service was responsible for investigating the accident on behalf of the state Coroner. On 10 April 2013, investigating officers contacted the ATSB and requested assistance with the recovery of data from the aircraft’s Dynon Avionics Skyview system. The display unit and control module were subsequently sent to the ATSB for examination and an investigation was initiated under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The ATSB liaised with the manufacturer of the display unit and was able to successfully disassemble and download flight data stored on the unit. The flight data contained the accident flight, however the flight data ended moments before the aircraft collided with terrain. An archive file, containing the downloaded flight data is released as Appendix A to this report and contains four comma-separated value (.csv) files. Attention is directed to the Data Limitations section of the main report, should any analysis of the recorded information be undertaken.

The ATSB report and the associated data were prepared by the ATSB to assist the NSW police investigation. The ATSB report, including the referenced data files, has been released under section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (the Act). Per section 27(1) of the Act, this report and the appended data files are not admissible in evidence in any civil or criminal proceedings. The device containing the original data was returned to the NSW Police Service on 13 November 2013.

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General details
Date: 24 March 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 08:54 ESuT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Lismore Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 04 December 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model VANGRUSV  
Aircraft registration 19-8121  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Lismore Airport, NSW  
Destination Lismore Airport, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018