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The ATSB is investigating an accident involving a Piper PA-31P aircraft that occurred at Canley Heights in NSW this morning.  

It was reported that the aircraft had two people on board and had departed from Bankstown Aerodrome in NSW.  

The pilot reported to air traffic control that the aircraft had sustained an engine problem would be returning to Bankstown. Shortly after the aircraft collided with the ground and caught fire in the vicinity of Canley Vale Road and Sackville Roads, Canley Vale Heights.

Emergency services personnel remain on site. The ATSB has dispatched a team of five investigators from Canberra to commence an investigation into the accident.

The investigator in charge will conduct a media briefing at 4.00 pm today at the corner of Canley Vale and Sackville Roads.

The ATSB requests that any witnesses to the accident please contact it on 1800 020 616.

The ATSB will provide regular updates on the website.

Media contact: 1800 020 616
 
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Last update 01 April 2011