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8 December 2016

The ATSB has completed the on-site phase of the investigation into the collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor AT-802A aircraft, registered VH-NIA, which occurred near Narromine, New South Wales on 21 November 2016. That phase included:

  • examining the aircraft wreckage
  • recovery of a mobile phone, propeller assembly and the aircraft engine and associated components for possible further technical examination by the ATSB
  • interviewing a number of witnesses.

The investigation is continuing and will examine the:

  • weather affecting the flight
  • preparation for and conduct of the flight
  • aircraft maintenance records
  • pilot’s records and history
  • operator’s processes
  • recovered items, components and mobile phone.


21 November 2016

The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor AT-802A aeroplane, registered VH-NIA, which occurred 33 km west of Narromine, New South Wales on 21 November 2016. The pilot was fatally injured and the aeroplane was destroyed by the impact forces and post-impact fire.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will:

  • collect and review aircraft and pilot documentation, including maintenance records
  • review the operation and flight
  • review the weather conditions affecting the flight
  • interview the operator, maintainer and any witnesses.

Witnesses are asked to call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

General details
Date: 21 November 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 08:10 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):31 km W Narromine Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Fatal 
Expected completion: February 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT-802A 
Aircraft registration: VH-NIA 
Serial number: 802A-0148 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:near Narromine, NSW
Destination:Trangie, NSW
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Last update 28 November 2017