21 February 2017
This is a tragic accident that occurred at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport today.
It is too early to speculate on the cause of the crash and a full investigation will be carried out by ATSB's highly trained officers.
The investigation of the accident and its causes and impacts are at the early stages and emergency services and police are to be commended for their response this morning.
I send my condolences to the families and friends of the five people who have passed away.