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External Assistance to Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) - Fatal Accident - Zenith Zodiac CH601XL 19-50-46, 12 km NE New Moon ALA, QLD, 13 July 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 12km NE New Moon ALA    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 26 March 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

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  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 03 April 2020