If you find VH-MDX

If you locate VH-MDX or something that is out of the ordinary for the area do not touch or approach the aircraft or object(s). Do not souvenir any components of the wreck.

The area is a crime scene and to touch or walk near the find would mean you are tampering with evidence. Any photos taken could also be used in evidence. Also remember that five men died and they deserve appropriate respect.

Back away from the aircraft and/or object(s) and move away from the accident site. Evidence is not only in the form of aircraft wreckage but also ground impact points and vegetation damage. You may also trample smaller pieces of wreckage, possibly losing them forever to investigators.

There is also a potential health risk to people approaching the wreck.

Note the accident site position by GNSS/GPS or otherwise and report the finding as soon as possible to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on 1800 011 034 or NSW Police.

NSW Police take this matter very seriously. You have now become a witness and may be involved in legal proceedings.

Below are some pertinent ATSB guidelines for emergency services that also offer clarity to you of how important it is to move away from the accident site :

‘Every piece of the aircraft, its location and exact position, is important in determining the sequence of events and the contributing factors that led to the accident’

‘Secure the accident site by placing a cordon around all scattered wreckage (50 m), as well as other evidence such as marks made by the aircraft, and ground scars— important evidence can be gained from instrument readings, soot and fire patterns, the location of fatalities, ground scars and so on’

The ATSB wesbsite offers more information for those interested.

Lastly, BSAR NSW would appreciate some acknowledgement for the contribution our research may have assisted in locating VH-MDX 🙂