The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an incident in which a Cessna 210M, registered VH-SJW, experienced turbulence and control issues near Darwin, Northern Territory, on 25 November 2019.
During cruise at 3,500 ft, the aircraft encountered deteriorating weather conditions and turbulence due to nearby thunderstorm activity. This resulted in an uncommanded climb to 4,500 ft, followed by an uncommanded descent to 1,200 ft.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will conduct interviews and obtain other relevant information, including recorded data, and meteorological information.
A 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 relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
|Date:||25 November 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||13:45 CST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Darwin||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Northern Territory||Occurrence type:||Turbulence/windshear/microburst|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Darwin, Northern Territory|
|Destination||Tindal, Northern Territory|