Light plane crash at Caboolture. Photo Channel 9
Light plane crash at Caboolture. Photo Channel 9

Caboolture airport reopens as investigation continues

CABOOLTURE Airfield has reopened but mystery still surrounds why a light plane carrying five people plummeted to the ground without warning.

The crash on Saturday, which had shut down the airfield alongside the Bruce Hwy, killed all those on board - the pilot, two skydive instructors and two skydive customers.

Caloundra skydiving identity Juraj Glesk was among the five, who did not stand a chance in what authorities described as an "unsurvivable" crash.

The Australian Transport and Safety Bureau has taken several parts of the now unrecognisable Cessna 206 for further examination following a three-day on-site investigation.

These include the aircraft's engine and related components, propeller, various flight control components, cockpit instruments and parts of the pilot's seat.

"The extent to which the ATSB's examination of the aircraft and components will be able to identify any potential anomalies is limited due to the level of damage that was sustained," the bureau said in a statement.

The aircraft belonged to local skydiving company Adrenalin Skydivers Bribie, which specialises in dives from 4200 metres on to nearby Bribie Island.

This was a routine day out in what was described as ideal flying conditions.

But something went terribly wrong when the plane took off from the runway, jerked left after failing to reach 60 metres and crashed to the ground in a ball of flames.

The Glesk family is still coming to terms with its loss in such devastating and unexpected circumstances.

Juraj's daughter Nina Glesk wrote on Facebook yesterday: "I feel like I'm stuck in a horrible dream and I can't wake up..."

The ATSB has conducted and is analysing a significant number of witness reports.

It is also reviewing the aircraft's maintenance records, operational records for recent flights, and pilot training records.

A preliminary report is expected by the middle of next month.


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