Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance - Recreational Aviation Australia - Hughes Engineering Lightwing SP-2000 aircraft, 24-7057, 4 April 2010

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The ATSB has completed its technical examination of a cockpit-mounted Global Positioning System (GPS) unit from Hughes Engineering Lightwing SP-2000 aircraft, registered 24-7057. The aircraft was involved in a fatal accident on 4 April 2010 at Tartrus Station, Queensland.

Recreational Aviation Australia Inc (RA-Aus) is assisting the Queensland Police in their investigation of this accident. RA-Aus requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery and analysis of information from the GPS unit, which had been recovered from the aircraft wreckage by RA-Aus investigators. To protect the information recovered from the GPS unit and the investigative work undertaken to assist RA-Aus, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

In summary, while the GPS unit was found to be functional, the ATSB's examination of the device found that the unit's track and data recording functionality had not been enabled, and as a result, there was no data relating to the accident able to be recovered.




Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 04 April 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Tartrus Station, near Marlborough    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 23 August 2010   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Howard Hughes Engineering P/L  
Aircraft model Lightwing SP-2000  
Aircraft registration 24-7057  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Tartrus Station, Qld  
Destination Tartrus Station, Qld  
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