Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Morane-Saulnier MS-893A, VH-UQI, 24 km south-east Amberley, Queensland, on 6 November 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 06 November 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 14:32 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 24 km south-east Amberley (Lyons), near Greenbank   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model MS-893A  
Aircraft registration VH-UQI  
Serial number 10962  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Gunnedah, New South Wales  
Destination Archerfield, Queensland  
Last update 09 February 2021