Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway excursion involving Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8, VH-WSB at East Wallabi Island, Western Australia on 26 December 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a runway excursion involving a Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8, registered VH-WSB, at East Wallabi Island, Western Australia on 26 December 2021.

After landing, the aircraft overran the runway by about 20 metres, which resulted in its right main landing gear collapsing. The pilot and 5 passengers on board were not injured.

The ongoing investigation will collect and examine relevant evidence, including interviewing the pilot, analysing relevant weather data, photographs, aircraft operator procedures and 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: 26 December 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1100 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 56 NM 293 degrees from Geraldton Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model GA-8  
Aircraft registration VH-WSB  
Serial number GA8-07-125  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Geraldton Aerodrome  
Destination East Wallabi Island  
Last update 05 January 2022