Good morning members,
You may have heard a news report about a light aircraft crash at Sunshine Coast Airport yesterday afternoon.
The aircraft was Euro Fox 8818, Quentin was instructing and he, and his student, are both ok. They were taken to the hospital via ambulance after the accident for precautionary checks but were released shortly after.
We will provide more details over time but the known information is, there was an issue with the airframe that resulted in one wheel coming away from the aircraft on departure Runway 13. Quentin declared a Mayday, flew a circuit, and landed on the grass inside the runway strip. As the aircraft is a tail dragger, landing on grass is always preferred and Quentin has a great deal of experience landing on grass surfaces.
The aerodrome emergency procedures were activated at the time the Mayday was declared and the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighters and Airport Safety Officer were first to attend. The pilots were able to get out of the aircraft without assistance. The external emergency services were all on-site shortly after the crash.
If you feel shaken or upset by this news and would like some support outside of your networks, please reach out to me (0410 498 190) or Teresa (07 5448 8458) and the Aero Club will organise time with an extrernal support provider.