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: