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Technical Assistance to RAAus – Collision with terrain involving Pioneer International Flightstar, 10-0780, 10 km S of Emerald Airport, Queensland on 14 January 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 14 January 2018, a Pioneer International Flightstar ultralight aircraft, recreational registration 10-0780, collided with terrain near Emerald, Queensland. The pilot was fatally injured.

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

As part of its investigations, RAAus requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), in the metallurgical examination of a portion of the aircraft’s flight controls that were recovered from the accident site.

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

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

General details
Date: 14 January 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0730 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 10 km S Emerald    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence class: Technical  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Pioneer International - Flightstar  
Aircraft registration 10-0780  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Emerald Airport, Qld  
Last update 21 November 2018