AU­THOR­ITY SAYS RE­PORT DUE IN JAN­UARY

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

A FI­NAL re­port on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Aus­tralia Day plane crash is on track to be re­leased in Jan­uary.

A spokesman for the Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bureau (ATSB), the au­thor­ity in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, said it was “still look­ing to re­lease the fi­nal re­port in Jan­uary 2018 as is ad­ver­tised on our web­site”.

Pi­lot Peter Lynch and his pas­sen­ger and part­ner En­dah Cakrawati died when his Grum­man Amer­i­can Avi­a­tion Corp G-73 am­phib­ian air­craft crashed into the Swan River dur­ing the air show ahead of the Aus­tralia Day fire­works on Jan­uary 26 this year.

The last update made avail­able on the ATSB web­site was on Septem­ber 22, seven months af­ter the in­ci­dent. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion has not found any ev­i­dence to in­di­cate that “pi­lot in­ca­pac­i­ta­tion or air­craft ser­vice­abil­ity were con­tribut­ing fac­tors” to the crash.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion has so far “ex­am­ined the se­quence of events lead­ing up to the oc­cur­rence, as­pects of the air dis­play co-or­di­na­tion, as well as the reg­u­la­tions, pro­ce­dures and guid­ance re­lat­ing to Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity au­tho­rised air dis­plays”.

It also in­cludes fur­ther anal­y­sis around the air­craft performance and oper­a­tional fac­tors, as well as the re­view of the plan­ning, ap­proval and over­sight of the air dis­play that is on­go­ing.

A City of Perth spokesman in Oc­to­ber con­firmed the air show would not be held in 2018 out of re­spect to Ms Cakrawati and Mr Lynch.

He said the City would pro­vide a com­mem­o­ra­tion for the vic­tims in consultation with their fam­i­lies as part of the pro­gram.

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