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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 693
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Time:05:15 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28RT-201T
Registration: VH-IWJ
MSN: 28R-8231066
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km NW of Evans Head, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland (YBCG)
Destination airport:Maitland Airport, NSW (YMND)
Investigating agency: BASI
After departing Coolangatta, the pilot reported to Brisbane Flight Service that he intended climbing to 7,500 ft and that he would remain outside controlled airspace. About 22 minutes later a single radio transmission was received by Brisbane Flight Service. The transmission, by a male voice, said 'I'm doing cartwheels'. This voice was different from the voice that made the initial transmission from VH-IWJ to Flight Service.

Witnesses in the Evans Head area observed the aircraft flying towards the north-west at an estimated altitude of 1,000 ft above the ground. They reported that it was flying erratically before commencing a looping manoeuvre. At the top of that manoeuvre the aircraft appeared to lose all airspeed, then dive vertically into the ground.

The aircraft was extensively damaged by impact forces. Inspection of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-existing faults that may have contributed to the occurrence. Post-mortem examination of the pilot did not provide evidence sufficient to determine whether he had suffered from any form of incapacitation.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
13-May-2014 17:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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