The ATSB has launched an investigation into an accident involving a Cessna 182 light aircraft which collided with terrain in the Herberton Range National Park, Queensland at about 10 am on 8 April.

The aircraft took off from Mount Garnet airfield sometime after 9 am, heading for Atherton aerodrome. Any witnesses that observed the aircraft are asked to call 1800 992 986 or complete the ATSB’s online witness form.

At this stage, the ATSB is liaising with Queensland Police to determine the accessibility of the accident site. The initial ATSB safety investigation will include examination of photographs of the wreckage and the assessment of aircraft and pilot records, weather information and any available recorded data.

The ATSB’s evidence collection will define the size and scope of the investigation and determine the expected timeframe for the completion of a final report.

A report will be published at the completion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

No further information is available at this time.