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Cessna 182G Skylane, VH-DJN: Fatal accident occurred April 08, 2019 in Wongabel, Australia

Richard Patrick O’Sullivan

Dearly Loved Father of Helen and Joanne.

"We looked up to him in life and now we look up knowing he is flying high doing what he loves forever."  

NTSB Identification: WPR19WA107
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, April 08, 2019 in Wongabel, Australia
Aircraft: Cessna 182, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 8, 2019, about 0740 coordinated universal time a Cessna 182G airplane, VH-DJN, impacted terrain in the Wongabel State Forest, Wongabel, Queensland, Australia. The pilot in command was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The personal flight was owned and operated by a private individual.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). 

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the ATSB. 

Further information pertaining this accident may be obtained from: 
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canverra A.C.T. 2608
Tel: (61) 2 6230-4408 
Fax: (61) 2 6274-6434

Collision with terrain involving Cessna 182, VH-DJN, 14 km SSW of Atherton Aerodrome, Queensland, April 08, 2019

Investigation number: AO-2019-018

The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain involving a Cessna 182G, registered VH-DJN, which occurred 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Aerodrome, Queensland.

The aircraft had flown from Cloncurry to Mount Garnet on the morning of April 08, 2019, with the pilot and one passenger on board. The aircraft landed at Mount Garnet at about 0915 Eastern Standard Time, where the passenger disembarked to conduct prearranged activities in the local area. The pilot then departed for a flight to Atherton, intending to return to Mount Garnet by the prearranged time of about 1400-1430. The accident occurred during the flight to Atherton, probably at about 1000.

The wreckage was located on mountainous terrain in the Herberton Range National Park, 14 km south-south-west of Atherton Aerodrome. 

The ATSB is currently evaluating the feasibility of an on-site deployment. The initial ATSB safety investigation will include examination of photographs of the wreckage and the assessment of aircraft and pilot records, weather information and any available recorded data.

Any witnesses that observed the aircraft are asked to call 1800 992 986 or complete the ATSB’s online witness form.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue

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