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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  
Location   (show map):22km NNE Gold Coast Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 24 June 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
Fatal: 1102
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