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September 8, 2017

WA Court confirms rights to sue for dependents of deceased air crash victims

An interesting decision for surviving family members of air crash victims in Australia was rendered on 19 November 2013 by the Western Australian District Court. In Cousins v Nimvale Pty Ltd [2013] WADC 175, the Court confirmed that in a claim for damages made by the dependent of a victim of a domestic air crash under the Civil […]

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Tropicair Cessna Caravan 208B Crash in Papua New Guinea

An Australian man was one of three fatally injured in a Cessna Caravan 208B Caravan accident in Papua New Guinea on 25 November 2013.  The other two people killed were PNG nationals, and are thought to include the copilot/first officer. The flight of the single engine turbo prop aircraft, operated by Tropicair was a domestic […]

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Safety before fun: no aerobatics in Tiger Moths until CASA AD complied with

As reported on the Shine Lawyers website in February 2014 (see here), following the release of an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) preliminary aviation accident investigation report, the particular fixings used to join the lower wings to the fuselage of Tiger Moth aircraft (lateral tie rods) have been under scrutiny. Following the accident, the ATSB […]

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Safety fears flagged in firefighting aircraft crash

The ATSB are investigating a fatal accident which occurred last week near the Ulladulla bushfires in southern New South Wales. The M18 Dromader is a single engine aircraft built by the Polish manufacturer Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze (PZL) Mielec, it is used in many countries to fight forest and bushfires, as well as for cropdusting operations. […]

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NZ Robinson crash leads to grounding of R44 helicopters

On 19 February 2015, two men lost their lives when the Robinson R44 Raven II series helicopter they flew in (registration ZK-IPY) failed mid-flight. Stephen Combe, aged 42 and James Gardner, aged 18 were on board when it tragically crashed in the Lochy River basin, south west of Queenstown, New Zealand. The aircraft was owned […]

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Light airplane crashes leave two dead and two injured

It has been an ill-fated week in the Australia aviation industry with separate light plane crashes leaving two dead and two injured, one in a critical condition. On Thursday 26 June 2014, 44 year old father of three Tony Duggan and 55 year old Garry Williams passed away when the wing of their two-seater ultralight […]

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Joy flight tragedy causes narrowed down

A Tiger Moth joy flight ended in tragedy on 16 December 2013 following a crash into water off the coast of South Stradbroke Island. The crash killed both the pilot and passenger. The experienced operator from the Gold Coast, Tiger Moth Joy Rides, performs joy flights and aerobatic thrill rides for passengers with the classic […]

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International Air Safety Summit – major global aviation crash trends in 2013

This week the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released aviation occurrence findings which indicate, in Australia at least, serious incidents are rising but accidents are not, except in general and particularly recreational aviation. However, more global, worldwide accident data was released on Tuesday 29 October 2013 at the Flight Safety Foundation’s 66th annual International Air Safety […]

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Cessna 206 incident kills 5 skydivers in Caboolture

An engaged couple with 5 children were among the five passengers, and pilot, who tragically passed away when their aircraft failed on takeoff at Caboolture airfield on 22 March 2014. The initial Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) notification states that “about 1124 Eastern Standard Time, the aircraft departed from runway 06 with the pilot and […]

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