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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.

General details
Date: 06 March 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1030 EST Investigation phase: Final report: External review 
Location   (show map):Southport Broadwater Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: C206 
Aircraft registration: VH-LHQ 
Serial number: U20603773 
Operator: Cloud 9 Seaplanes 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Southport Broadwater, Qld
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Last update 20 September 2018