Marine safety investigations & reports

Airboat Gale Force, collision with tree, Sweets Lagoon, Northern Territory on 22 June 2019

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


The ATSB is investigating the collision with a tree involving the airboat Gale Force during tourism operations on Sweets Lagoon, Northern Territory, at about 1010 hours on 22 June 2019.

The craft had four passengers and the master on board at the time. Two passengers were injured, one seriously. The airboat suffered structural and equipment damage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crew and passengers and gather additional information.

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: 22 June 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1010 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sweets Lagoon   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Northern Territory    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator Outback Floatplane Adventures  
Vessel Gale Force  
Flag Australia  
IMO Australian vessel unique identifier number 429374  
Sector Other  
Type of operation Tourism  
Damage to vessel Substantial  
Departure point Sweets Lagoon, NT  
Destination Sweets Lagoon, NT  
Last update 20 November 2019