AFTERMATH: Locals rally to help recover the plane.
AFTERMATH: Locals rally to help recover the plane.

Crash reports don’t match up

NEW information has come to light concerning the crash-landing of a light aircraft at Lakeside Airstrip, outside Bloomsbury, on July 26.

Three passengers onboard the Cherokee six, which crashed into a dam on the property before sinking, have provided reports of the crash, with all three claiming no safety briefing was performed prior to take-off.

The pilot, Tony Lanzi, stated in his report to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that "a hazard briefing" had been completed weeks earlier, while weight, balance and performance calculations were done on the day.

Mr Lanzi also reported that all passengers had been briefed on the plane's safety features before take-off.

Presented with two conflicting reports, the ATSB said they have been "unable to reconcile the differences evident between the recollections of the pilot and those of the three passengers who provided information".

Mr Lanzi has claimed the crash may have been caused by a "down draft which contributed to the aircraft sinking on approach".

Following the crash, the Whitsunday Coast Guardian reported that Lakeside Airstrip owner Garry Poole had never personally experienced a down draft at the site.

"But I won't say it's not there," he said.

"It's a gully, and you do get down drafts through gullies."

The pilot also reported that an aborted landing, known as a "go-around", had seen the aircraft's tail "scraping along the gravel and over the fence".

Mr Lanzi told the ATSB this had "added extra drag and detracted from the aircraft's performance".

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is still examining ATSB's report into the crash.


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