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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has dispatched a team of two investigators to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatal aviation accident near St George, 19 October 2004.

The factual circumstances to hand are that it was a private flight from Bundaberg to St. George, Queensland. During the flight, the pilot reported feeling unwell and disoriented. Another aircraft in the area was diverted to formate on the aircraft. The pilot was reportedly lapsing in and out of consciousness. The aircraft was followed, however it subsequently crashed SW of St. George. The pilot was fatally injured.

The investigation team is expecting to arrive at the site later this afternoon. The team will not be discussing the accident with media at this point in time.

Until further notice all media contact will be with the Bureau's central office, details below.

Media contact: 1800 020 616
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Last update 01 April 2011