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.
|Date:||05 June 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||10:00 EST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near South Stradbroke Island||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Yakovlev Aircraft Factories|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Southport Airport, Queensland|