Category: Civil Aviation
According to the ATSB’s preliminary report into the incident, the aircraft was fully intact prior to the collision, and there was no evidence of pre-impact defects with the aircraft’s flight controls, aircraft structure, or engine.
Two of the four people on board the R44 Raven I were killed when it broke up in-flight shortly after departure in Broome, WA, on 4 July 2020, but the exact cause of the breakup is still to be determined.
The two-seat kit-built Acroduster II had taken off from Caloundra in the Sunshine Coast when witnesses reported the aircraft “descended very quickly” shortly after 9:20am. It is currently not known what caused the crash.
Tourism operator Sydney Seaplanes will begin offering “significant discounts” to vaccinated Australians, in an effort to drive up local immunisation rates and re-open international borders.
Talking to Australian Aviation, Gerry Geltch said, “He was my staff member, he was my priority. I think when you’re a father, you just think about if it were your kids. It just is what it is and you do what you have to do.”