Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Aircraft crash tests Central Queensland University student's forensic skills

Rockhampton's Danielle Wolhuter put her studies into action when she went out to the scene of a glider tow plane crash in New Zealand last week.

The CQUniversity student, who is studying a Bachelor of Accident Forensics, helped three investigators examine the incinerated wreckage of the aircraft which hit a tree and burst into flames in rural Canterbury, killing the pilot.

Danielle is completing a summer internship with the Safety Investigation Unit of New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

"From day to day, I'm working on a safety research project which draws on my academic knowledge and will hopefully be of good use to the CAA when I finish here," she said.

"As investigations arise, I've been getting the opportunity to go and learn from the investigators attending. I've also been able to spend some time with different units and parts of the CAA. Every day has been full of learning new things and meeting new people."

Source: http://www.dailymercury.com

Piper PA-28-236 Dakota, Canterbury Gliding Club,  Drake Aviation,  ZK-FMT:   Accident occurred January 19, 2014 near Springfield Airfield, Canterbury, South Island,  New Zealand

Danielle Wolhuter at the scene of a glider tow plane crash in Canterbury, New Zealand. 

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