The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a collision with terrain involving Cessna 404, VH-OZO, 7 km south-east of Lockhart River Aerodrome, Queensland on 11 March 2020.
The aircraft collided with terrain at about 0944. A search conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Queensland Police located the aircraft wreckage on a beach south-east of the aerodrome. The five occupants on board were fatally injured.
ATSB transport safety investigators with experience in aircraft operations, aircraft maintenance and aeronautical engineering have been deployed to the accident site.
On site, investigators will examine the wreckage and site surrounds, including with the use of a 3D mapping drone. The ATSB will also analyse available recorded data, review weather information, and interview witnesses.
A preliminary report will be released in about a month after the on-site investigation phase, while the investigation’s final report can be expected to be released in about 18 months’ time.
Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
Any witnesses who may have seen the aircraft are asked to contact the ATSB via its website www.atsb.gov.au/witness or by calling 1800 992 986.
|Date:||11 March 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0944 AEST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||7 km SE of Lockhart River Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Cairns, Queensland|
|Destination||Lockhart River, Queensland|