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On 16 May 2017, an amateur built Monnett Sonerai, recreational registration 19-3971, collided with terrain near Limpinwood, NSW. The pilot was fatally injured.

Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) is responsible for investigating this accident.

As part of its investigation, RAAus has requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), involving metallurgical analysis of aircraft components and examination of an electronic device potentially containing flight path information.

To protect the information supplied by RAAus to the ATSB, as well as the ATSB's investigative work to assist RAAus, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Enquiries relating to the accident investigations should be directed to RAAus at: www.raa.asn.au.

General details
Date: 16 May 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 14:00 EST Investigation phase: Examination and analysis 
Location   (show map):near Murwillumbah (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Monnett Sonerai 
Aircraft registration: 19-3971 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Sector: Sport and recreational 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
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Last update 27 June 2018