Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the Queensland Coroner relating to accident involving Europa XS registered VH-EUM, 30 March 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Caboolture Airfield    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 19 September 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Europa XS  
Aircraft registration VH-EUM  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Caboolture Airfield, Queensland  
Last update 14 November 2018