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Technical assistance to Recreational Aviation Australia in the examination of components from the collision with terrain involving a Thruster and a Drifter aircraft near Donnington Airpark, Queensland on 10 February 2015

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 10 February 2015, a Drifter and a Thruster ultralight aircraft, recreational registration 25-0452 and 10-0339 respectively, both collided with terrain approximately 7km south of Donnington Airpark, near Townsville, QLD.

Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) is the organisation responsible for investigating this accident. As part of its investigation, RA-Aus requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the examination of physical components from the involved aircraft. To protect the information supplied by RA-Aus to the ATSB and the ATSB's investigative work to assist RA-Aus, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Results of a visual examination of the physical components were provided to RA-Aus on 8 April 2015.

Enquiries relating to this occurrence should be directed to Recreational Aviation Australia.

General details
Date: 10 February 2015   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 7 km south of Donnington Airpark (near Townsville)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 08 April 2015   Occurrence category: Technical Analysis  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 14 November 2018