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Collision with terrain involving Beechcraft Baron 58, VH-NPT, near Kununurra Airport, Western Australia, 16 April 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced a transport safety investigation into a fire and collision with terrain accident involving a Beechcraft Baron 58, VH-NPT, near East Kimberly Regional Airport, at Kununurra, Western Australia, on 16 April 2022.

During approach to runway 12, the pilot reported the aircraft was on fire. The aircraft collided with terrain short of the runway and was destroyed. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger was fatally injured.

The evidence phase of the investigation will include examining the aircraft wreckage and accident site, recovering any relevant aircraft components for detailed examination in the ATSB technical facilities, analysing any available recorded data, and interviewing involved parties.

A 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: 16 April 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0038 UCT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Kununurra Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Western Australia   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 Beechcraft  
Aircraft model 58  
Aircraft registration VH-NPT  
Serial number TH-1769  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Broome Aerodrome, Western Australia  
Destination Kununurra Aerodrome, Western Australia  
Last update 20 April 2022