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Old 21st July 2019, 11:23 AM
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Default Airvan8 Grounded (Temp) after Swedish Crash

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has suspended operations of the GippsAero GA8 aircraft for 15 days as a precaution, as investigations continue into the cause of the crash near Umea in northern Sweden on July 14.

All nine people on the skydiving flight died in the crash.

"While we gather more information about that, we thought it was prudent to put them on the ground," CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said.

Swedish authorities have expressed concern that the aircraft may have broken up during the flight.

The GA8 is manufactured in Australia by GippsAero, which is based in the Latrobe Valley.
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Old 24th July 2019, 12:31 PM
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Accident involving the aircraft SE-MES, of the type GippsAero GA8 Airvan, close to Umeå airport on 14 July 2019
Date of occurrence: 2019-07-14

The plane was going to drop parachutists when it crashed close to Umeå airport. All nine persons onboard were killed in the accident.

The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) has launched an investigation of the accident. Fact finding and analysis will be ongoing for a considerable length of time. SHK is cooperating in this investigation with the Swedish Transport Agency (the national regulator), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the manufacturer Mahindra Aerospace.

This information will be updated.

15 July 2019
SHK initiated an on site investigation on Monday 15 July. Coordination meetings were also held with representatives of the Police and the emergency rescue services.

16 July 2019
Work on site continued on the Tuesday and plans were made for the transportation of wreckage parts away from the accident site to SHK's hangar facilities in Strängnäs for continued investigation. Interviews were conducted with witnesses and other relevant persons. A special information meeting was held for families and other next of kin.

19 July 2019
Preliminary information has shown that the aircraft descended from an altitude of 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) vertically with a high speed of descent. The right wing, the vertical stabilizer and both horizontal stabilizers all separated from the aircraft in the air and were found on the accident site separately from each other and from the main wreckage.

23 July 2019

SHK has left the accident site and the wreckage parts have been brought to SHK's hangar facilities in Strängnäs. Further investigation activities will include e.g. the following. The different wreckage parts will be examined closely with respect to possible cracks, corrosion etc. Material analyses will be carried out to try to clarify if there have been any manufactural deficiencies, material fatigue or other phenomena that could contribute to explaining why parts of the aircraft separated in the air. The engine, collected fuel samples and recordings of sound from the engine will all be analysed. Possible data from different memory units will be examined and video recordnings of the accident by private individuals will be further analysed. Investigators will also go over interviews carried out with witnesses and other relevant persons and reinterview if needed. Weight and balance calculations will be carried out and documents concerning the aircraft and the parachuting activities will be examined. The same goes for radar informaton and communication with air traffic control.

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Old 29th July 2019, 10:22 AM
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Regulators lift grounding of GippsAero GA8 Airvan

Regulators in Australia, the European Union and elsewhere have lifted a temporary grounding of the Australian-made GippsAero GA8 Airvan.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said on Thursday evening the decision to end the five-day grounding was made after new information from the investigation into a crash involving the aircraft in Sweden on July 14 which killed all nine people on board.

“There is no evidence to indicate a potential unsafe condition associated with the aircraft and as such the GA8 aircraft type can be safely allowed to return to normal operations,” CASA said in a statement.

“CASA will continue to monitor the investigation into the GA8 accident and will take appropriate action should any related safety issues become apparent in the future.”

The crash occurred near Storsandskar Island in northern Sweden. The flight was operated to drop parachutists. There were no survivors, with eight passengers and the pilot killed in the incident.

CASA, which announced the grounding of the G8 Airvan on July 20, said it had an airworthiness engineer observing the accident investigation in Sweden.

Similarly, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has cancelled a previous airworthiness directive (AD) issued on July 19 (European time) grounding the aircraft.

“Since that AD was issued, CASA Australia informed EASA that the results of the physical inspection of the accident aeroplane indicate that it appears to have been exposed to aerodynamic loads beyond those for which the type design is certificated,” EASA said.

“No evidence was found to indicate that an unsafe condition exists or could develop that would warrant AD action under Regulation (EU) 748/2012, Part 21.A.3B.”

The aircraft was grounded following initial indications that the aircraft may have suffered structural failure. The investigation is ongoing.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand has also lifted the grounding of the aircraft.

“The flying public, operators and pilots of the affected aircraft need to be satisfied that these aircraft are now safe to fly,” CAA director of Civil Aviation Graeme Harris said in a statement on Friday.

“They can now be assured that the initial concerns expressed following the accident in Sweden have been addressed.

“We will continue to monitor the investigation into the GA8 accident and will take appropriate action should any related safety issues become apparent in the future.”

The CAA said the GA8 Airvan was primarily used for “tourist flightseeing operations” in New Zealand, with minimal commuter usage.

Figures from CASA indicated there were 228 GA8 Airvans around the world, including 63 Australian-registered aircraft.

The GA8 Airvan is a single-engine aircraft manufactured in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The aircraft was certified in 2000. The manufacturer GippsAero is majority-owned by India-headquartered Mahindra Group.
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