Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with water involving a Yakovlev Aircraft Factories Yak-52, VH-PAE, near South Stradbroke Island, Queensland, on 5 June 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision with water involving a Yakovlev Yak-52, registered VH-PAE, near South Stradbroke Island, Queensland, on 5 June 2019.

The pilot and passenger had departed Southport Airport on a 30-minute scenic flight of the Gold Coast area. The aircraft did not return at the scheduled time and was reported missing. A search was commenced, with aircraft parts subsequently found on South Stradbroke Island. As at midday 6 June the search was continuing.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will liaise with the Queensland Police Service and interview involved parties and witnesses. The ATSB will also examine the recovered aircraft wreckage and collect other relevant evidence and information.

Any witnesses are asked to call the ATSB on 1800 020 616 or complete the ATSB’s online form www.atsb.gov.au/witness

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 05 June 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 10:00 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near South Stradbroke Island   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Yakovlev Aircraft Factories  
Aircraft model Yak-52  
Aircraft registration VH-PAE  
Serial number 822001  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Southport Airport, Queensland  
Last update 14 June 2019