Aircraft Accident - Cirrus SR-22, near M7 Motorway at Cecil Park, NSW on

5 February 2007

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing panel from an aircraft that crashed last week at Cecil Park in Western Sydney.

The Cirrus SR-22 aircraft crashed around 4:30 pm on Monday 5 February, just near the M7 Motorway at Cecil Park, seriously injuring the American pilot and his Australian passenger. Investigators from the ATSB attended the scene and noticed that a panel that should be located on the rear of the aircraft was missing. Yesterday (Sunday 11 February), about 100 NSW SES personnel kindly assisted in conducting an extensive search in the area, however, they did not find the panel.

The panel is of fibreglass construction, is rectangular in shape with rounded corners, measures 35 x 43 cm (14 x 17 inches) and is painted gloss white on one side. Markings on the panel include hand written part numbers on the inside and a printed warning decal on the outside (see attached pictures of a similar panel). The decal reads:

"Warning - Rocket for parachute deployment inside - Stay clear when airplane is occupied"

The panel is an important piece of evidence required for the investigation of this accident.

Anyone who may have seen the aircraft near the M7 Motorway last Monday afternoon or who may have seen a panel matching the description provided is asked to call the ATSB urgently on: 1800 020 616

Media contact: 1800 020 616
Last update 01 April 2011

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