Aviation safety investigations & reports

Turbulence and control issues involving a Cessna 210M, VH-SJW, near Darwin, Northern Territory, on 25 November 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


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.

General details
Date: 25 November 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:45 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Darwin   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Turbulence/windshear/microburst  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210M  
Aircraft registration VH-SJW  
Serial number 21062219  
Operator Mistar Holdings  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Darwin, Northern Territory  
Destination Tindal, Northern Territory  
Last update 18 June 2020