The ATSB is investigating a suspected engine failure and subsequent forced landing involving a Morane-Saulnier MS-893A Rallye Commodore, registered VH-UQI, at Lyons, Queensland, on 6 November 2020.
During a flight from Gunnedah, New South Wales, to Archerfield Airport, Queensland, the pilot broadcast a MAYDAY call, and had to make a forced landing in a paddock on a property at Lyons. Witnesses reported seeing smoke trailing behind the aircraft, and hearing the engine ‘coughing’ before the sound ceased. The aircraft struck trees during the landing roll, and was subsequently destroyed by a post-impact fire. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries.
The evidence collection phase of the investigation will examine the wreckage and map the accident site using a drone, and will recover relevant aircraft components, including the engine, for further examination. The ATSB will also analyse any available recorded data and interview witnesses and other involved parties.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||06 November 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||14:32 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||24 km south-east Amberley (Lyons), near Greenbank||Investigation phase:||Examination and analysis|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2021|
|Type of operation||General Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Gunnedah, New South Wales|