Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain - Gyroflug Speed Canard, VH-ZXZ, 20 km SW St George, Qld, 19 October 2004

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 0944 Eastern Standard Time on 19 October 2004, the Gyroflug Speed Canard aircraft departed Bundaberg, Qld, on a private flight to Parafield, SA, with a planned refuelling stop at Bourke, NSW. At about 1145, the pilot, who owned the aircraft and was the only occupant, radioed another pilot who was operating in the St George, Qld, area and advised that he was feeling dizzy, faint and disoriented, and was having difficulty lining up the aircraft to land on the St George runway. The aircraft remained airborne in the vicinity of St George for approximately 90 minutes. At about 1335, the aircraft impacted terrain 20 km south-west of St George and the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

There was no evidence that the aircraft was not capable of normal operation at the time of the accident.

During a routine aviation medical examination in 2003, the pilot was diagnosed with diabetes.

The pilot apparently became incapacitated during flight and was unable to manoeuvre the aircraft to a successful landing.

It could not be established why the pilot became incapacitated, however a diabetes-related condition could not be ruled out.

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General details
Date: 19 October 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1335 EST    
Location   (show map): 20 km SW Saint George    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 12 January 2007   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Gyroflug  
Aircraft model SC01 B-160 Speed Canard  
Aircraft registration VH-ZXZ  
Serial number S 43  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014