Loss of control and collision with terrain, Cessna 150, VH-RXU 270 km SE Alice Springs, Northern Territory, on 12 July 2016

Turning manoeuvres at or close to the aircraft’s critical angle of attack, if mishandled, can lead to a stall that may result in the aircraft entering a spin. Recovery from this condition will take a considerable amount of altitude, dependant on the speed of response by the pilot and the use of appropriate control inputs.


Collision with terrain involving Cessna 172, VH-FYN, 12 km WNW of Ballina, NSW, on 16 June 2017

The ATSB has deployed a team of four investigators to the accident site with expertise that includes aircraft engineering and maintenance.

Collision with terrain involving Cessna 441, VH-XMJ near Renmark Airport, South Australia on 30 May 2017

The ATSB is investigating a fatal aircraft accident involving a Cessna Conquest 441 aircraft, registered VH-XMJ, that occurred near Renmark Airport, South Australia on 30 May 2017.

Collision with terrain involving Cessna C172M, VH-WTQ, near Agnes Water, Queensland, on 10 January 2017

While conducting a low-altitude inspection of the beach‑landing site, the aircraft sustained a sudden loss of engine power. One of the passengers was fatally injured and the other three occupants sustained serious injuries.

Ground handling accident involving Cessna 172RG, VH-MKG, Parafield Airport, SA on 11 September 2016

Although hand swinging an aircraft propeller is permitted under the civil aviation regulations, it should only be undertaken when no other alternatives exist to start the aircraft engine and all necessary precautions have been taken to mitigate the hazards.