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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is undertaking on-site investigations into the three tragic aircraft accidents that occurred over the January holiday weekend claiming the lives of nine people.

  • A Beech 23 Musketeer crashed shortly after takeoff from Canberra Airport resulting in fatal injuries to all four occupants.
  • A Pitts Special crashed while conducting aerobatic manoeuvres near Brisbane - the sole occupant was fatally injured.
  • A Cessna 310 crashed north east of Newman, Western Australia during a night flight - the four occupants were fatally injured.

ATSB Safety Investigators have attended all sites, and today will remove components of each aircraft for further analysis.

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Last update 01 April 2011