The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a collision with terrain involving Cessna R172K, VH-DLA, near Sutton, NSW, on 13 April 2021.
The aircraft was conducting a powerline inspection when witnesses reported seeing the aircraft depart controlled flight before colliding with the ground. Both occupants were fatally injured.
Transport safety investigators with experience in aircraft operations and aircraft maintenance will examine the wreckage and map the accident site using a drone and other site survey equipment.
The ATSB will also analyse available recorded data and interview witnesses and other involved parties.
A preliminary report is expected to be released in a number of weeks, while a final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
However, should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||13 April 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||16:25 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Canberra Airport (Sutton)||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Australian Capital Territory||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Operator||OBERON AVIATION SERVICES PTY LTD|
|Type of operation||General Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|