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.
|Date:||07 March 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1600 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||22km NNE Gold Coast Airport|
|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 manufacturer||Amateur Built Aircraft|
|Aircraft model||Zenith Zodiac|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Gold Coast Airport, Qld|
|Destination||Porpoise Point, Qld|