Analysing the causes of aviation accidents and thinking about what we can do to manage hazards in the aviation system has always been at the heart of how we make safety improvements in the sector.


Crashed plane wreckageThis page presents accidents and lessons learnt that are relevant to our current themes of interest.

Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB): Effective risk management of inadvertent entry into IMC relies on multiple layers of controls, ATSB Mt Disappointment investigation highlights

The ATSB investigation into an Airbus EC130 helicopter accident on Mount Disappointment highlights that the effective management of the risk of inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) relies on multiple layers of controls.

ATSB website: Effective risk management of inadvertent entry into IMC relies on multiple layers of controls(external link)

Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB): R22 accident highlights risks of dark night flight, hazards of accidents in remote locations

A helicopter accident in Arnhem Land highlights the risks to VFR pilots of flying after last light, and the potentially fatal consequences of survivable accidents in remote locations, an ATSB investigation report details.

ATSB website: R22 accident highlights risks of dark night flight, hazards of accidents in remote locations(external link)

Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB): Mid-air collision involving Piper PA-44-180 Seminole and Beech D95A. Visibility Study

Limitations of visual acquisition and the significant additional alerting time provided by ADS-B IN displays. Includes a video.

ATSB website: Visibility study highlights how ADS-B IN can assist pilots to better identify potential traffic conflicts(external link)

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB): Collision with terrain, UH-1H helicopter

The value of risk assessments for helicopter operations and pilot upper torso restraints.

ATSB website: Investigation AO-2018-031(external link)

Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA): Accident to Airbus AS350-B3e Interference of the sling with the tail boom and the tail rotor, emergency landing

Helicopter sling load operational risks management: Excessive speed, un-ballasted sling, insufficient checking of the load.

BEA website: Interference of the sling with the tail boom and the tail rotor, emergency landing(external link)

Transport Accident Investigation Commission – AO- 2019-006, Cessna 185A, ZK-CBY and Tecnam P2002, ZK-WAK Mid-air collision, near Masterton, 16 June 2019

AO-2019-006 | TAIC(external link)

Air Safety Institute – Transitioning to other airplanes: A dangerous detail

An accident discussion video involving a recreational aircraft owner where the pilot purchased a new aircraft but did not know the systems before flying it.

Transitioning to Other Airplanes: A Dangerous Detail - YouTube(external link)