The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a collision with terrain involving an amateur-built Jodel D11 aircraft, registered VH-WBL, which occurred at Ball Bay about 34 km north-north-west of Mackay Airport, Queensland on 24 December 2021 at about 8.00am Eastern Australian Standard Time.
The aircraft collided with terrain shortly after take-off. The passenger was fatally injured and the pilot sustained serious injuries. The aircraft was destroyed.
The wreckage was removed from the accident site by Queensland Police crash forensics and transported to a secure facility, where it will be examined by ATSB investigators.
The ongoing investigation will collect and examine other relevant evidence, including weather information, witness reports, and pilot and maintenance records.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation, however, should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.