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On 22 October 2010, a replica Supermarine Spitfire MK26 recreational/light sport aircraft (registered 19-4024) collided with terrain near Gympie authorised landing area (ALA), fatally injuring the pilot. Recreational Aviation Australia Inc (RA-Aus) is assisting the Queensland Police in their investigation of the occurrence.

On 17 November 2010, RA-Aus requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) for the recovery of data from an engine management system (EMS) module recovered from the accident site. To protect the information supplied by RA-Aus and the investigative work undertaken, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Due to the damage to the EMS and the lack of configuration information, the recovery involved extracting the data from the electronic memory components and, using example data provided by the EMS manufacturer, converting the binary extracted data into engineering units.

The full converted data set was provided directly to RA-Aus investigators. This report represents an outline of the process undertaken and a summary of the data obtained.



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

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General details
Date: 22 October 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:21 EST  
Location   (show map):Gympie (ALA) Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 05 December 2011 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Supermarine Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Spitfire Replica 
Aircraft registration: 19-4024 
Type of operation: General Aviation-Unknown 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Gympie, Qld
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Last update 18 April 2018