The Air Safety Transport Bureau says there’s so far no sign that structural failure played a part in a fatal plane crash south of Broome’s Cable Beach.
A twin-engine Piper Seneca owned by Golden Eagle Airlines crashed in sand dunes about two kilometres south of the West Australian tourist destination shortly after take-off last month, killing pilot Adam Gaffney, 27, who was engaged to be married.
GPS data showed the plane cleared a highway at the end of the runway and flew over beach dunes before turning back.
“Damage to the wreckage was consistent with the aircraft descending steeply into terrain at relatively low forward speed and a high rate of descent,” the ATSB said in a report today.
“There was no evidence of in-flight structural failure.”
The weather was fine and refuelling records indicated the plane had enough fuel.
The pilot was experienced, having clocked up 922 hours in total including about 210 hours of night flying.
The investigation will include an examination of recovered components and maintenance records, analysis of aircraft performance during the flight and a review of other operational factors and the recorded data.ATSB spokesman Joe Hattley last month said the probe was likely to take about 12 months.
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