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.