As one of the worst years of light plane crashes draws to a close, investigators say two people were killed when a small, “experimental” kit-built plane crashed in Sydney’s southwest on Monday. I am looking into the history.
- Crash victims not yet officially identified
- Transportation safety investigators will talk to witnesses and collect evidence over the next few days
- Drones create 3D photos of the scene to better understand what happened before the crash.
Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said the crew had just arrived at the crash site in Bushland near Appin Road.
The plane crashed Monday, and two people were confirmed dead by emergency services responding to reports of scrub fires.
“It wasn’t a mass-produced aircraft, it was basically built from a kit that we know was first registered in the United States,” Mitchell said.
“I still don’t know how many years it’s been here in Australia.
“It’s what we call an experimental aircraft.”
Mitchell said the investigation is still in its infancy, but his team is looking into what the aircraft was doing in the area.
“We understand it originated in the Goulburn area initially.”
It will be investigated whether the plane took off from Goulburn and was heading for a small runway at Wedderburn.
Police previously said the aircraft went missing in the area after taking off from a private airfield in Wedderburn.
Shortly before 3pm on Monday, a foreign Glasair Super II aircraft struck the terrain.
A safety investigator was dispatched to the scene to investigate the single-engine wreckage, flight information and weather conditions.
The crash started a 5-hectare forest fire that was later extinguished.
Mitchell said it was a particularly tragic Christmas for many families after his team was called into another deadly small plane crash.
“This is the second fatal plane crash that we have unfolded in so many days,” he said.
“Unfortunately, this is one of the worst years ever recorded for light aircraft fatalities, with 23 fatalities this year.”
The aircraft was severely damaged by the flames, limiting the amount of physical evidence and electronic data for analysis.
ATSB uses drones to map the site and create 3D images to help investigators better understand the flight profile of the aircraft just prior to impact.
Investigators hope to recover electronic devices such as iPhones and iPads to figure out what happened.
The ATSB said the available evidence will determine the size and scope of the investigation and the time frame for completing the final report.
A report will be issued after the investigation is complete, but if any serious safety issues are identified, the ATSB will immediately notify interested parties, Mitchell said.
Transportation security investigators are expected to be on site for at least the next few days to collect evidence and interview witnesses.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-27/investigation-begins-two-dead-appin-plane-crash/101809910 Investigation into two deaths in ‘experimental’ foreign-registered single-engine aircraft at Appin begins