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At 1420 hours WST on 8th January, 1970, a Beech A23A aircraft, registered VH-RWA, and a Piper PA24-250 aircraft, registered VH-PAR, collided at a height of approximately 100 feet above ground level, whilst on approach to Runway 24 at Jandakot Airport, Western Australia. Although substantially damaged, VH-RWA continued in flight and landed safely on the runway but VH-PAR became uncontrollable following loss of the complete empennage and crashed some 590 feet short of the runway threshold.

The two aircraft, each following a different approach path to the runway, had gradually converged until both aircraft became established on final approach with VH-RWA above and slightly behind VH-PAR. As the two aircraft approached a height of approximately 100 feet above ground level, the flight path of VH-RWA steepened and this aircraft descended on to VH-PAR. The first contact was made between the underside of the mainplane of the upper aircraft and the top of the vertical fin of -PAR and the propeller of VH-RWA then contacted the rear fuselage of VH-PAR and severed it.

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General details
Date: 08 January 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1420 WST  
Location:Jandakot Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Airborne collision 
Release date: 18 September 1970 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 23 
Aircraft registration: VH-RWA 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jandakot
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-PAR 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Fremantle
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