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At approximately 1045 hours EST on 25 April, 1974 a parachutist was fatally injured on impact with the ground following a free fall descent near Beaudesert, Queensland. Examination of the equipment after the accident revealed that the main parachute had been activated and there was nothing to suggest it would not have fully deployed if there had been sufficient time and height available. The reserve parachute was intact and had not been activated. There was no evidence of any defect or error in the packing of either parachute which might have contributed to the accident. Examination of the altimeter did not indicate any defect which might have affected its normal operation prior to the accident.
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General details
Date: 25 April 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045 EST  
Location   (show map):Beaudesert Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 22 November 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: 185C 
Aircraft registration: VH-DJU 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Beaudesert
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Last update 13 May 2014