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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138008
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Date:17-AUG-2011
Time:c. 6.30 p.m.
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:Warwick Flying School
Registration: 19-....
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Capricorn Highway, east of Emerald, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Emerald Airport - YEML
Destination airport:Emerald Airport - YEML
Narrative:
The wreckage of an ultralight aircraft that went missing while on a flight from Emerald Airport has been found by a rescue crew at approx 2pm on Thursday 18 August in bushland off the Capricorn Highway, east of Emerald. Police have confirmed the two occupants are deceased

The Mackay-based RACQ Central Queensland Rescue (CQ Rescue) helicopter joined the search for two men missing after the ultralight aircraft failed to return to Emerald Airport late Wednesday.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was one of several aircraft involved in the search. A Cairns-based fixed wing aircraft was also deployed to Emerald.

A well known business owner and aviation identity from Warwick was one of the victims. He had flown to Emerald on Wednesday morning and spent the day teaching another pilot an Emerald local how to fly an aircraft he was planning to buy.

The men are believed to have spent the day completing training sessions before setting off for their final pre-sale flight at around 3pm. They were reporting missing at 6pm.

One of the deceased was later named Rob Behrend, 51, who was chief instructor and owner of Warwick Flying School, the other was the buyer Ian xxxxxx.

Controlled flight into terrain, subsequent to fuel exhaustion. A trail of fuel was left on the ground from the pre-flight area to the runway. It is speculated that the Gascolator was drained in the nose down attitude in pre-flight and not positively closed afterwards.

Sources:

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/08/18/search-plane-near-emerald/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-18/two-killed-in-ultralight-plane-crash/2845546
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/police-search-for-missing-aviators-overdue-in-emerald/story-e6frea8c-1226117518999
http://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html
http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/story/2011/08/18/warwick-pilot-rob-behrend-has-been-confirmed-as-on/
http://www.facebook.com/notes/queensland-police-service/aircraft-crash-emerald/222375304477156


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Aug-2011 00:53 gerard57 Added
19-Aug-2011 02:18 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2011 04:41 RobertMB Updated [Time, Source]
05-Oct-2011 14:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Aug-2014 09:21 saccani Updated [Embed code, Narrative]

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