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On 30 March 2012, a Europa XS amateur-built aircraft collided with terrain shortly after takeoff from Caboolture Airfield, Queensland. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. 

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) did not investigate the accident, which was investigated by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) on behalf of the Queensland Coroner. On 20 June 2013, the Queensland Coroner requested ATSB assistance with the review of the coroner’s investigation and advice of any potential additional lines of enquiry or other expert review before the matter proceeded to inquest.

To facilitate this support, the ATSB initiated an external investigation under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. A report on the results of the ATSB’s review of the coroner’s investigation was provided to the Queensland Coroner on 6 September 2013.

Any enquiries as to the planning for, or conduct of the Coroner’s Inquest into this accident should be directed to the Queensland Coroner’s Office at:

Queensland Courts
Office of the State Coroner
Brisbane Magistrates Court
363 George Street
Brisbane QUEENSLAND 4000 

Telephone: (07) 3239 6193
Facsimile: (07) 3239 0176
Email: state.coroner@justice.qld.gov.au
Web: www.courts.qld.gov.au




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


General details
Date: 30 March 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Location   (show map):Caboolture Airfield Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 19 September 2013 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: Europa XS 
Aircraft registration: VH-EUM 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Caboolture Airfield, Queensland
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Last update 25 January 2017