Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Wittman Tailwind, VH-TWQ, Tooloom National Park, NSW, on 12 January 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Wittman Tailwind, VH-TWQ, at Tooloom National Park, New South Wales, on 12 January 2020.

Both occupants were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will travel to the site, which is located in very steep and rugged terrain. Access permitting, the ATSB will examine the wreckage and site surrounds. The ATSB will also analyse available flight and other data, and interview any witnesses.

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: 12 January 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 14:53 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Tooloom National Park, ENE 50 km Stanthorpe   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Wittman Tailwind W10  
Aircraft registration VH-TWQ  
Serial number 05-1305  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Casino, NSW  
Destination Boonah, Queensland  
Last update 13 January 2020