“Fatal mid-air collision claims lives of husband and wife at Caboolture Airfield”

By | July 29, 2023



Investigators are trying to determine why one of the planes involved in a deadly mid-air collision near Brisbane aborted a landing. A couple in their sixties, David and Jan Maddern, were identified as the victims of the incident at Caboolture Airfield. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) stated that a Piper Pawnee was attempting to land while the Jabiru J430 was taking off from another runway. The ATSB will analyze video footage, flight tracking data, and conduct interviews to understand why the go-around was conducted. A preliminary report is expected to be published in eight weeks. The West Australian reported


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Investigation Underway to Determine Cause of Fatal Mid-Air Collision near Brisbane

Authorities are currently working to piece together the events leading up to a tragic mid-air collision near Brisbane, which resulted in the deaths of a husband and wife. The incident occurred above Caboolture Airfield on Friday, and investigators are now focusing on why one of the involved aircraft aborted a landing.

Victims Identified as David and Jan Maddern

The victims have been identified as David Maddern, the pilot of the Jabiru J430 aircraft, and his wife Jan, who was also on board. Both individuals tragically lost their lives in the accident.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), initial analysis of video footage revealed that a Piper Pawnee was attempting to land while the Jabiru J430 was taking off from a different runway.

The ATSB stated, “The Pawnee was on approach to land before it commenced a go-around – an aborted landing. Go-arounds are a common and well-established practice in aviation and can be conducted for any number of reasons, but we will seek to understand why a go-around was conducted in this instance.”

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