Accident Rockwell Commander 114 VH-WMM, 19 Dec 2021
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Date:19-DEC-2021
Time:09:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic AC11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rockwell Commander 114
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-WMM
MSN: 14229
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Redcliffe Airport (YRED), QLD -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Redcliffe Airport, QLD (YRED)
Destination airport:Redcliffe Airport, QLD (YRED)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Narrative:
On 19 December 2021, at about 0908 Eastern Standard Time, a Rockwell International 114, registered VH-WMM, departed Redcliffe Aerodrome, Queensland, for a private scenic flight under visual flight rules. On board were the pilot and 3 passengers. The weather conditions were fine, with light winds from the east.

A number of witnesses located at the aerodrome, on the water in pleasure craft, and in other aircraft, observed VH-WMM. Witnesses at the aerodrome stated that, after VH-WMM took off from runway 07, the landing gear was retracted and, a short time later, the engine ran rough for a brief period before stopping completely.

Another pilot was on their final approach for runway 07 and observed VH-WMM airborne. As that pilot was making their landing, they heard the pilot of VH-WMM broadcast on the radio that they were returning to the aerodrome.

According to witnesses, the pilot of VH-WMM made 2 left turns, which were consistent with manoeuvring the aircraft back toward the western end of runway 07. During the return to the aerodrome, the pilot extended the landing gear. Description of the flight from the witnesses was consistent with controlled flight during this period.

As the aircraft neared the mangrove tree line to the north of the aerodrome, it was observed to descend and ditch into the water, about 170 m from the shoreline. During the ditching, the aircraft flipped over, coming to rest inverted in about 2 m of water.

Witnesses at the aerodrome and on board nearby boats, contacted emergency services and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard. After being notified by one of the witnesses, a nearby vessel made its way to the aircraft, arriving about 5 minutes after the accident. The vessel’s occupants stated there was low visibility in the water and the fuselage was resting inverted on the seabed. This led to difficulty for first responders identifying how to open the aircraft doors.

The pilot of another aircraft flying overhead observed VH-WMM ditch in the water and contacted air traffic control (ATC) to advise them of the accident. That pilot remained overhead the accident site while boats arrived at the scene, and relayed information to ATC. A Coast Guard vessel arrived onsite; however, the crew were also unable to gain access into the aircraft’s cabin.

Queensland Police Service divers arrived a number of hours later, confirming that the pilot and 3 passengers had been fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed.

Sources:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/four-killed-as-light-plane-crashes-into-wetlands-off-redcliffe-20211219-p59isg.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-19/plane-crashes-into-ocean-near-brisbane/100712252
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2021/aair/ao-2021-053/

https://live.staticflickr.com/1469/23657911113_99d0229c67_h.jpg (photo)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Dec-2021 03:06 Geno Added
19-Dec-2021 05:20 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Dec-2021 12:16 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
19-Dec-2021 13:33 johnwg Updated [Embed code, Category]
20-Dec-2021 11:57 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Dec-2021 08:34 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2022 15:31 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Narrative]

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