Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Piper PA-32-300 aircraft, VH-CWK, near Moorabbin Airport, Victoria on 22 June 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Piper PA-32-300 aircraft, VH-CWK, near Moorabbin Airport, Victoria on 22 June 2021.

At 1205, the aircraft had been conducting circuit operations at Moorabbin Airport and collided with terrain approximately 1 km north of the airport at Heatherton.. Emergency services attended the accident site shortly afterwards and rescued the pilot, the sole occupant, from the wreckage. The pilot had been seriously injured and was transported to hospital. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the accident site and wreckage by ATSB investigators, and the collection of other relevant evidence, including recorded data and communications, air traffic control surveillance data, weather information, witness reports, aircraft operator procedures and maintenance records, and interviewing the pilot.

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: 22 June 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 12:05 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moorabbin Aerodrome, 360° M 1Km   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32-300  
Aircraft registration VH-CWK  
Serial number 32-7840052  
Operator Blue Demon Aviation Pty. Ltd.  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Moorabbin, Vic.  
Destination Moorabbin, Vic.  
Last update 06 July 2021