Aviation occurrence briefs

Collision with a fence involving a Cessna 150M, Lismore Airport, NSW, on 11 June 2019

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 11 June 2019, a Cessna 150M departed Lismore, New South Wales to conduct a training flight. There was an instructor and a student on board.

The student was conducting a practice glide approach to runway 15 at Lismore when the aircraft’s approach profile became too low. The instructor took over control of the aircraft to correct the profile, however was unable to do so in time resulting in the wheel spat colliding with the airport’s perimeter fence. The aircraft sustained minor damage.

Safety message

During training flights, instructors need to be vigilant and prepared to take over control of the aircraft at short notice. When conducting practice glide approaches, correct speed and approach profile need to be maintained, as power is not used. If the approach is too low and intervention is delayed, there is an increased risk of the aircraft colliding with obstacles.

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: 11 June 2019   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1645 EST    
Location   (show map): Lismore Airport    
State: New South Wales    
Release Date: 31 July 2019   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150M  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Lismore, New South Wales  
Last update 31 July 2019