Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Air Tractor Inc AT-502B, VH-KDR, 32 km east-north-east of Chinchilla Airport, Qld, on 19 September 2022

Investigation number:
AO-2022-043
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

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.

General details
Date: 19 September 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 12:31 EAST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 32 km east-north-east of Chinchilla Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Air Tractor Inc  
Aircraft model AT-502B  
Aircraft registration VH-KDR  
Serial number 502B-0361  
Operator SMART AIR SERVICES PTY LTD  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Walugra Airstrip, Queensland  
Destination Walugra Airstrip, Queensland  
Last update 21 September 2022