Aviation safety investigations & reports

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: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


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

In response to this accident, Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) commenced an investigation. As part of its investigations, RAAus requested technical assistance from the ATSB to conduct:

  • metallurgical examination of a portion of the aircraft’s flight controls and part of the left wing structure
  • audio and video analysis of the accident flight from an onboard recording device.

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

The ATSB has concluded its examinations and has provided the results of that work to RAAus on 10 April 2019. This completed the ATSB’s support of the RAAus investigation.

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: Completed  
Time: 0730 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 10 km S Emerald   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 April 2019   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
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 15 April 2019