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.
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.
This incident highlights the importance of following pre-flight procedures for remotely piloted aircraft to ensure that all flight parameters are set correctly.
Further 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.
|Date:||18 January 2018||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||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 model||DJI - Matrice 600 Pro|
|Sector||Remotely piloted aircraft|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|