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Technical Analysis assistance to the RA-Aus regarding CH601XL accident - VH-ZRS

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 7 March 2008, a Zenith Zodiac CH601 XL aircraft, registered VH-ZRS, impacted the sea near Surfers Paradise, Qld. The pilot and the passenger were fatally injured. Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) commenced an investigation into the occurrence.

RA-Aus requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in order to examine several pieces of canopy from the aircraft. The examination revealed that the canopy had sustained an in-flight structural failure. The results of the ATSB examination were subsequently provided to RA-Aus investigators.



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

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General details
Date: 07 March 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600 EST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 22km NNE Gold Coast Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 24 June 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Zenith Zodiac  
Aircraft registration VH-ZRS  
Serial number 5270  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gold Coast Airport, Qld  
Destination Porpoise Point, Qld  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 14 November 2018