The ATSB has deployed a team of four investigators to the accident site with expertise that includes aircraft engineering and maintenance.
The ATSB is investigating a fatal aircraft accident involving a Cessna Conquest 441 aircraft, registered VH-XMJ, that occurred near Renmark Airport, South Australia on 30 May 2017.
While conducting a low-altitude inspection of the beach‑landing site, the aircraft sustained a sudden loss of engine power. One of the passengers was fatally injured and the other three occupants sustained serious injuries.
Although hand swinging an aircraft propeller is permitted under the civil aviation regulations, it should only be undertaken when no other alternatives exist to start the aircraft engine and all necessary precautions have been taken to mitigate the hazards.