Investigation number
AO-2022-043
Occurrence date
Location
32 km east-north-east of Chinchilla Airport
State
Queensland
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Examination and analysis
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Collision with terrain
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
Fatal

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the collision with terrain of an Air Tractor AT-502B, registered VH-KDR, about 32 km east-north-east of Chinchilla, Queensland, on 19 September 2022.

While conducting aerial spraying operations, the aircraft collided with terrain. The pilot was 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, and the collection of other relevant evidence, including any recorded data, weather information, witness reports, aircraft operator procedures 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.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Walugra Airstrip, Queensland
Destination
Walugra Airstrip, Queensland
Model
AT-502B
Serial number
502B-0361
Sector
Turboprop
Registration
VH-KDR
Damage
Destroyed
Manufacturer
Air Tractor Inc
Aircraft Operator
SMART AIR SERVICES PTY LTD