Final report on Australia Day plane crash due in January

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 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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