Wednesday, May 3, 2017

And ATSB also Investigating a Collision with Terrain (Hardy Reef) Involving Air Whitsunday DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane VH-AWD

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is also investigating a collision with terrain involving Air Whitsunday Seaplanes De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane VH-AWD at Hardy Reef, 70 km NNE of Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays on Monday 13 March.

VH-AWD in happier times at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour  (File photo)

Initial investigations indicate that during take-off, the aircraft collided with the coral reef resulting in damage to the left float. During removal, the seaplane subsequently sank from water intake. There were no injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

A report will be released within several months.

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