Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Rockwell International 114 aircraft, VH-WMM, Redcliffe Aerodrome, Queensland, on 19 December 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a collision with terrain involving a Rockwell International 114 aircraft, registered VH-WMM, which occurred near Redcliffe Aerodrome, Queensland, on the morning of 19 December 2021.

Shortly after taking off, the aircraft was reported to be returning to the aerodrome when it collided with water. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the accident site and wreckage by ATSB investigators with specialties in aircraft maintenance and operations. The ongoing investigation will collect and examine other relevant evidence, including recorded data, weather information, witness reports and pilot and maintenance records.

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: 19 December 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 09:00 E. Australia Standard Time   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Redcliffe   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rockwell International  
Aircraft model 114  
Aircraft registration VH-WMM  
Serial number 14229  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Redcliffe  
Last update 20 December 2021