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At approximately 0145 hours Eastern Summer Time on 29 December, 1974 two parachutists were fatally injured by impact with the ground following attempted night parachute descents near Rylstone, New South Wales. The cause of the accident was that the parachutists, whose judgement and capabilities were affected by the consumption of alcohol, attempted night parachute descents involving manoeuvres for which they were inadequately trained and equipped.
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General details
Date: 12 December 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0145 ESuT  
Location   (show map):Rylstone Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 13 March 1975 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: PA31/310 Navajo 
Aircraft registration: VH-EYF 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Rylstone
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