The ATSB is investigating an in-flight breakup involving an amateur-built Acroduster II SA750 aircraft, registered VH-YEL, which occurred about 8 NM north east of Caboolture, Queensland, on 18 August 2021.
Earlier that morning, the aircraft, with the pilot as the sole occupant, departed Caboolture Airfield, Queensland, for a local flight over the Bribie Island area. At about 0906, the crew of a helicopter operating in the area on a training flight observed what appeared to be aircraft parts falling from the sky. They then observed the fuselage of an aircraft located in the mudflats near Long Island. A dedicated rescue helicopter winched a rescue crew to the accident site, and it was confirmed that the pilot was deceased. The aircraft was destroyed.
ATSB investigators deployed to the accident site and, with the assistance of other parties, the wreckage was recovered and taken to a secured location for subsequent examination.
The Acroduster II SA750 is an amateur-built two seat biplane, designed for the purpose of conducting aerobatics. VH-YEL was registered in the experimental category.
The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include further detailed examination of the wreckage, a review of available recorded data, a review of aircraft and pilot records, and witness interviews.
A preliminary report is expected to be released in a number of weeks, while a final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issues be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||18 August 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0915||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||8NM North East of Caboolture||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2022|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Amateur Built Aircraft|
|Aircraft model||ACRODUSTER II SA750|
|Type of operation||General Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Caboolture, Queensland|