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Collision with terrain involving Cessna 172, VH-REU, at Coonabarabran Aerodrome, New South Wales, 18 April 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced a transport safety investigation into a wirestrike and collision with terrain accident involving a Cessna 172, VH-REU, at Coonabarabran Aerodrome, New South Wales, on 18 April 2022.

The aircraft was observed to strike a powerline before impacting terrain. The pilot was fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

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.

Accident site

General details
Date: 18 April 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:50 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Coonabarabran Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-REU  
Serial number 46237  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 21 April 2022