Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Air Tractor AT-802A, Rebel Ag Pty Ltd, VH-NIA: Fatal accident occurred November 21, 2016 W of Narromine, NSW, Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR17WA026
Accident occurred Monday, November 21, 2016 in Trangie, Australia
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT802, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 21, 2016, approximately 0830 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (ESuT), an Air Tractor AT-802A, Australian registration VH-NIA, collided with terrain about 15 nautical miles south of Trangie, Australia. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Australian government. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square ACT 2608
15 Mort St., Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory
Telephone: +61 2 6274 6471
Fax: +61 2 6274 6434

Collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor AT-802A, VH-NIA, 31 km W Narromine, NSW, on 21 November 2016

Investigation number: AO-2016-157Investigation status: Active


8 December 2016

The ATSB has completed the on-site phase of the investigation into the collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor AT-802A aircraft, registered VH-NIA, which occurred near Narromine, New South Wales on 21 November 2016. That phase included:

examining the aircraft wreckage

recovery of a mobile phone, propeller assembly and the aircraft engine and associated components for possible further technical examination by the ATSB
interviewing a number of witnesses.

The investigation is continuing and will examine the:

weather affecting the flight

preparation for and conduct of the flight

aircraft maintenance records

pilot’s records and history

operator’s processes

recovered items, components and mobile phone.

21 November 2016

The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving an Air Tractor AT-802A aeroplane, registered VH-NIA, which occurred 33 km west of Narromine, New South Wales on 21 November 2016. The pilot was fatally injured and the aeroplane was destroyed by the impact forces and post-impact fire.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will:

collect and review aircraft and pilot documentation, including maintenance records

review the operation and flight

review the weather conditions affecting the flight

interview the operator, maintainer and any witnesses.

Witnesses are asked to call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

2.06pm: Police have confirmed a fatal plane crash in Narromine on Monday Morning. The accident took place after 8am this morning. NSW Police attended the scene between 8.20 am and 8.30am.

The accident took place between 30kms and 35kms west of Narromine on the Dandaloo road. 

It was a single-engine aircraft. The pilot, a 55 year old male, died at the scene. He was the only person involved in the crash

Police believe he is not local to the area. Police also believe he was aerial spraying and the cause of the accident is unknown. 

Inspector Mark Dixon said the police are investigating the incident with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

10.59am: Trangie Fire and Rescue and HazMat Dubbo attended the crash scene this morning. Both crews assisted the Rural Fire Service. HazMat Dubbo attended to clean up a small fuel spill and check for other fuel or chemical spills at the site. Both crews received the call at 8.20am. 

10.33am: Early reports suggest there was a fatality and the light plane was a crop duster.

10.19am: The crash site is on Dandaloo Road, 30 to 35kms west of Narromine. Take care when using the Dandaloo Road, it is still opened to traffic.

EARLIER: A small plane crash has taken place on Dandaloo Road in Narromine at 8.20am this morning. 

Police, Ambulance, Volunteer Rescue Association, Fire and Rescue NSW, Haz Mat and NSW Fire and Rescue have attended. 

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