Investigation number
AO-2024-005
Occurrence date
Location
17km west of Bourke Airport
State
New South Wales
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
Fatal
Anticipated completion

The ATSB  is investigating a collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor 502, registered VH-AQW, near Bourke, NSW, on 10 February 2024.

At around 0820 local, the Air Tractor was being used for the aerial application of herbicide. The aircraft collided with terrain on a property about 17 km west of Bourke airport. The pilot was fatally injured. The investigation is continuing.

An ATSB investigation team was deployed to the accident site. As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will examine the aircraft wreckage and other information from the accident site, examine operator procedures, interview witnesses and any involved parties, and examine maintenance records and any recorded data.

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
Darling Farms, NSW
Destination
Darling Farms, NSW
Model
AT-502
Serial number
502-0218
Sector
Turboprop
Registration
VH-AQW
Operation type
Part 138 Aerial work operations
Damage
Destroyed
Manufacturer
Air Tractor Inc
Aircraft Operator
Ashby Aviation Pty Ltd