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.
|Date:||22 June 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1010 CST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Sweets Lagoon||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Operator||Outback Floatplane Adventures|
|IMO||Australian vessel unique identifier number 429374|
|Type of operation||Tourism|
|Damage to vessel||Substantial|
|Departure point||Sweets Lagoon, NT|
|Destination||Sweets Lagoon, NT|