“Husband and Wife Identified as Victims in Fatal Mid-Air Collision Above Caboolture Airfield”

By | July 29, 2023



Investigators are trying to determine why one of the aircraft involved in a fatal mid-air collision near Brisbane aborted a landing. The two people who died in the incident have been identified as a husband and wife in their sixties. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) stated that initial analysis showed a Piper Pawnee was attempting to land while a Jabiru J430 was taking off from another runway. The ATSB will analyze video footage, flight tracking data, and interview witnesses to understand why the go-around was conducted. A preliminary report is expected to be published in eight weeks. Steve Zemek reported

Investigators Seek Answers in Fatal Mid-Air Collision near Brisbane

Authorities are working diligently to unravel the circumstances surrounding a tragic mid-air collision that resulted in the death of two individuals near Caboolture Airfield in Brisbane.

The victims have been identified as a married couple in their sixties, David and Jan Maddern, who were onboard the Jabiru J430 aircraft.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), preliminary analysis of video footage revealed that a Piper Pawnee was attempting to land while the Jabiru J430 was taking off from a different runway. However, the Pawnee abruptly aborted its landing maneuver, known as a go-around.

The ATSB emphasized that go-arounds are a routine practice in aviation, but they are determined to ascertain the reason behind this particular go-around.

Investigation Details

The ATSB’s investigation will involve a thorough examination of video footage, flight tracking data, and witness interviews, including the pilot of the Pawnee. Additionally, on-site investigators will utilize a drone to map the accident site and recreate the flight paths of both aircraft to gain insights into the pilots’ visibility of each other.

The ATSB anticipates releasing a preliminary report within eight weeks.

Collaborative Efforts

ATSB investigators from the Brisbane office promptly arrived at the scene on Friday afternoon. Acting Assistant District Officer for the Moreton District, Paul Ready, confirmed that the pilot is cooperating with the police and investigators to reconstruct the events leading to the collision.

Appeal for Information

The ATSB has requested assistance from anyone who witnessed the accident or possesses video footage of either aircraft at any stage of their flights. Public cooperation is vital to this investigation, and individuals are urged to contact the ATSB through their website.

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