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.
|Date:||13 July 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1400 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||12km NE New Moon ALA|
|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 manufacturer||Zenith Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Sports Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Mt Garnett, QLD|
|Destination||Charters Towers, QLD|