Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Aquila AT01, VH-OIS, 27 km south of Orange, New South Wales, on 4 November 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving an Aquila AT01, VH-OIS, 27 km south of Orange, New South Wales, on 4 November 2020. The pilot and instructor were fatally injured.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examining the wreckage, interviewing any witnesses, and reviewing operational, maintenance and airworthiness data.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 04 November 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 17:09   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 27 km south Orange Airport   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: 4th Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aquila Aviation by Excellence  
Aircraft model AT01  
Aircraft registration VH-OIS  
Serial number AT01-250  
Operator Soar Aviation Aircraft Holding  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Private strip near Orange, New South Wales  
Destination Bankstown, New South Wales  
Last update 05 November 2020