Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Jodel D11 VH-WBL 34 km north-north-west of Mackay Airport, Queensland

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a collision with terrain involving an amateur-built Jodel D11 aircraft, registered VH-WBL, which occurred at Ball Bay about 34 km north-north-west of Mackay Airport, Queensland on 24 December 2021 at about 8.00am Eastern Australian Standard Time.

The aircraft collided with terrain shortly after take-off. The passenger was fatally injured and the pilot sustained serious injuries. The aircraft was destroyed.

The wreckage was removed from the accident site by Queensland Police crash forensics and transported to a secure facility, where it will be examined by ATSB investigators.

The ongoing investigation will collect and examine other relevant evidence, including weather information, witness reports, and pilot and maintenance records.

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.

General details
Date: 24 December 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0800 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 34 km north-north-west of Mackay Airport, Queensland   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jodel, Societs Des Avions  
Aircraft model D11  
Aircraft registration VH-WBL  
Serial number W49  
Operator Q I E PTY LTD  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ball Bay, Queensland  
Last update 24 December 2021