Sunday 19 December 2021

Four dead after light aircraft crashes in water at Redcliffe in Queensland

Four people have died after the light plane, a Rockwell Commander 114, crashed off the end of the runway at Redcliffe Airport, (YRED) in Queensland's Moreton Bay and end up upside down in the water.
Police said the plane went down at about 9.10am (AEST) this morning.
The crash, due to an engine failure, sparked a massive emergency response, with the Coast Guard and police working together to gain access to the plane. Multiple ambulances mustered at Redcliffe Airport.

A multi-agency operation is underway to investigate the crash, including Queensland Water Police officers and divers, the Forensic Crash Unit and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
The four people who died this morning have been revealed to be a man, two children and a 69-year-old pilot. Speaking to media Inspector White said the aircraft was seen to disappear behind two mangroves, where the wreck was spotted by another plane shortly after.

Police recovered the bodies of four people at 12pm and authorities will continue their investigation into the cause of the accident.

Chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Bureau, Angus Mitchell, said aircraft operation and maintenance teams from Brisbane and Canberra will be arriving at the scene to determine the nature of the crash. He also called on any potential witnesses to come forward to help authorities with the investigation.

“Early reports are, it looks as though it was not long after takeoff when it crashed, however we’ll need to confirm that with air traffic control,” said Mr Mitchell.

The soles on board have been identified, they were
Sixty-seven-year-old Robert "Roy" Watterson was piloting the light aircraft along with three passengers – 41-year-old Brisbane man Chris Mocanu, his 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

Aircraft Information
Owner/ Operator: Private 
Aircraft: Rockwell Commander 114
Registration: VH-WMM
Serial Number: 14229


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