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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is conducting an investigation into the reported mid-air collision between two Air Tractor aircraft that occurred during the morning of 26 February 2008, 8.5 km NE Wee Waa.

A team of four Transport Safety Investigators arrived at the site late Tuesday and has commenced investigating the circumstances of the accident. The team has examined the burnt wreckage of one aircraft and interviewed witnesses. The team will finalise examination of that aircraft today and commence work on the other aircraft.

Initial information indicates that the pilot of an aircraft was transiting the area at the time the pilot of the other aircraft was climbing at the end of a spray run. The scope of the investigation will include the degree of situational awareness of both pilots under the circumstances.

Any person/witness with information about the accident is encouraged to contact the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

The ATSB expects to have a preliminary factual report available for public release in approximately thirty (30) days from the date of the accident.

Media contact: 1800 020 616
 
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Last update 01 April 2011