Monday, February 18, 2019

Van's RV-6A, VH-ANU: Accident occurred July 28, 2019 at William Creek Airport (YWMC), near Lake Eyre, South Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR19WA208
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Williams Creek, Australia
Aircraft: VANS RV6, registration:
Injuries: 2 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 28, 2019, at 0537 coordinated universal time, a Van's RV-6A , registration VH-ANU, bounced during a landing attempt and came to rest inverted near William Creek, Southern Australia. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the accident. As the state of manufacture of the airplane and engines, the NTSB has designated a US accredited representative to assist the ATSB in its investigation.

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the ATSB:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
62 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 1 800 020 616
Tel: (02) 6257 4150
International: +61 2 6257 4150

A man and woman have each suffered multiple injuries but are in a stable condition after a plane flipped while landing at a remote airport in the state’s Far North.

Emergency services were called to William Creek Airfield about 3.05 pm Sunday after the light plane landed awkwardly before flipping on to its roof.

The male pilot, 54, and his female passenger,53, who are both from Western Australia, were trapped in the wreckage.

Locals from the nearby hotel and campground came to the aid of the pair as emergency services made the long trip to the airfield. Paramedics and police from Coober Pedy – 167 km away – and Oodnadatta – 205km away – took almost two hours to arrive because of road conditions.

The South Australian Ambulance Service said the pair suffered numerous injuries, including to their arms, chest, shoulders and head but were conscious while awaiting treatment.

The first ambulance crew arrived at 5 pm.

A Royal Flying Doctor Service crew flew the pair to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was monitoring the incident but unlikely to send inspectors to the scene.

The Van's RV-6A is registered in the southern suburbs of Perth.

It left Perth just before midday on Friday, heading east.

It is unclear where the plane landed before flying to William Creek on Sunday.

The crash comes less than a month after two people were killed in a plane crash near Leigh Creek Airport.

Pilot Peter Gesler, 59, and his passenger Rachel Whitford, 48, died on impact when their plane crashed at 6.24pm on July 6, 4.5km northeast of the airport.

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