Investigation number
AO-2024-001
Occurrence date
Location
Lizard Island Airport
State
Queensland
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Collision with terrain
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
Serious
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Cessna 208, registered VH-NWJ, at Lizard Island, Queensland. on 8 January 2024.

During initial climb, the aircraft experienced engine issues and the pilot attempted to return to Lizard Island. During landing the aircraft collided with trees and came to rest inverted. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and there were reports of serious injuries among the occupants. 

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve interviewing the pilot, witnesses, first responders and other involved parties, reviewing recorded data, maintenance records and the collection of other relevant evidence.

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
Lizard Island Airport
Destination
Cairns Airport
Model
208B
Serial number
208B2161
Sector
Turboprop
Registration
VH-NWJ
Operation type
Part 135 Air transport operations - smaller aeroplanes
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Cessna Aircraft Company
Aircraft Operator
Townsville Airlines Pty Ltd