Aviation occurrence briefs

Collision with terrain involving DJI Matrice 600 Pro, Roseville, NSW, on 18 January 2018

Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.

What happened

On 18 January 2018, at 1400 Eastern Daylight-saving Time (EDT), a DJI Matrice 600 Pro hexacopter remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) was conducting a flight above Roseville Chase oval, New South Wales (NSW). During the return-to-home procedure, at a height of 20-25 m, the RPA contacted a pole and subsequently collided with terrain. It sustained damage beyond repair.

The pilot speculated that it is possible that the return-to-home height was not checked after the application was started. This caused the RPA to return to home at an unsafe height.

Safety message

This incident highlights the importance of following pre-flight procedures for remotely piloted aircraft to ensure that all flight parameters are set correctly.

The ATSB SafetyWatchFurther information about flying a drone (RPA) safely can be found on the ATSB website, under the news item: Know your drone and the rules to fly safely.

About this report

Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.

General details
Date: 18 January 2018   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400 EDT    
Location   (show map): 12 km NW of Rose Bay ALA (Roseville)    
State: New South Wales    
Release Date: 15 May 2018   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model DJI - Matrice 600 Pro  
Sector Remotely piloted aircraft  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 09 September 2019