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On 13 July 2008, a Zenith Zodiac CH601XL recreational/ light sport aircraft, registration 19-5046, was involved in a fatal accident 12 km NE of New Moon Authorised Landing Area, Qld. Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) staff commenced an investigation into the occurrence. Two Global Positioning System (GPS) units were recovered from the accident site.

On 17 July 2008, RA-Aus requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to recover the data from the GPS units. No analysis of the data by the ATSB was sought by RA-Aus. To protect the information supplied by RA-Aus and the investigative work undertaken to assist RA-Aus, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Data was successfully recovered from one GPS unit in February 2009 by ATSB Technical Analysis staff with assistance from the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) and was 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: 13 July 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400 EST  
Location   (show map):12km NE New Moon ALA Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 26 March 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Zenith Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: CH-601 
Aircraft registration: 19-5046 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mt Garnett, QLD
Destination:Charters Towers, QLD
Fatal: 1102
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Last update 14 November 2018