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An investigation has been launched the collision with water of a Cessna 206 floatplane, registered VH-LHQ, Southport Broadwater, Queensland, on 6 March 2018.

At about 1040 local time, during take-off, the aircraft’s nose dropped and collided with the water. The pilot and the two passengers on board were not injured.  Subsequent inspection of the aircraft identified the float’s forward spreader bar had failed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons, including the pilot, and obtain other necessary information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

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