A tragic plane collision at Caboolture Airfield in Australia has resulted in the death of a husband and wife. The couple, identified as pilot David Maddern and his wife Jan, were flying in their Jabiru J430 aircraft when it collided with another plane. The pilot of the other aircraft escaped uninjured. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is currently investigating the accident, with the pilot of the second plane cooperating with investigators. The Caboolture Airport will remain closed during the investigation. A final report on the crash is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete. By Zak Wheeler For Daily Mail Australia reported
Tragic Plane Collision at Caboolture Airfield: Pilot David Maddern and Wife Jan Identified as Victims
A devastating plane collision at Caboolture Airfield has claimed the lives of a husband and wife. The couple, identified as career pilot David Maddern and his wife Jan, were flying in their Jabiru J430 aircraft when it collided with another plane in mid-air. The collision occurred as the Jabiru J430 was taking off, coming into contact with a Piper Pawnee that was in the process of landing.
The collision proved fatal for Mr. and Ms. Maddern, who tragically died at the scene of the crash. However, the pilot of the Piper Pawnee managed to escape without any injuries. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has launched an investigation into the accident, with ATSB investigators from Brisbane already on the scene. Additional members from their Canberra office will also join the investigation.
According to the ATSB, the collision occurred shortly after 10:30 am local time. The Jabiru J430 was taking off from one runway while the Piper Pawnee was landing on a crossing runway. The focus of the investigation will be to determine how the two planes came into contact and establish any liability.
Acting Assistant District Officer for the Moreton District, Paul Ready, stated that the investigation is still in its early stages. Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward and provide their accounts. They are also requesting any video footage of the incident to aid in their investigation. By mapping out the flight paths, examining the wreckage, and analyzing flight tracking data, investigators hope to piece together the events leading up to the collision.
As the investigation continues, Caboolture Airport will remain closed. The incident drew significant attention, with media helicopters capturing images of emergency services responding to the wreckage. Queensland Ambulance dispatched five ambulances to the scene, highlighting the severity of the incident.
A comprehensive report detailing the cause of the crash, including contributing factors and identified safety issues, is expected to be completed within six to eight weeks. This tragedy serves as a somber reminder of the risks involved in aviation and the importance of thorough investigations to prevent future accidents..