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Collision with terrain involving Cessna 182, VH-DJN, 14 km SSW of Atherton Aerodrome, Queensland, 8 April 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Cessna 182G, registered VH-DJN, which occurred 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Aerodrome, Queensland.

The aircraft had flown from Cloncurry to Mount Garnet on the morning of 8 April 2019, with the pilot and one passenger on board. The aircraft landed at Mount Garnet at about 0915 Eastern Standard Time, where the passenger disembarked to conduct prearranged activities in the local area. The pilot then departed for a flight to Atherton, intending to return to Mount Garnet by the prearranged time of about 1400-1430. The accident occurred during the flight to Atherton, probably at about 1000.

The wreckage was located on mountainous terrain in the Herberton Range National Park, 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Aerodrome. 

The ATSB is currently evaluating the feasibility of an on-site deployment. The initial ATSB safety investigation will include examination of photographs of the wreckage and the assessment of aircraft and pilot records, weather information and any available recorded data.

Any witnesses that observed the aircraft are asked to call 1800 992 986 or complete the ATSB’s online witness form.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue

General details
Date: 08 April 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 14 km SSW Atherton Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182G  
Aircraft registration VH-DJN  
Serial number 18255171  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 19 June 2020