The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced a transport safety investigation into a ditching involving a single-engine Piper PA-28-181 aircraft 12 NM west-south-west of Jandakot Airport, Western Australia, on 20 April 2023.
It was reported that during cruise, the engine failed and the pilot ditched the aircraft in the sea near a beach, resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. No injuries were reported.
The ongoing investigation will collect and examine relevant evidence, including interviewing the pilot, examining the aircraft, and analysing the flight planning.
The ATSB will publish a final report, detailing contributing factors and any identified safety issues, 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.