Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300 Aircraft VH-PGC, near Merimbula NSW, 29 February 1976

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 1121 hours Eastern Summer Time on 29 February 1976, Piper PA32- 300 Cherokee Six aircraft registered VH-PGC crashed at a position 5 kilometres west of Merimbula Aerodrome, New South Wales, following structural disintegration in flight. The aircraft was engaged on a private flight from Cooma and was descending en route to Merimbula when the accident occurred. The aircraft was destroyed by aerodynamic and impact forces and the six occupants were killed.
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General details
Date: 29 February 1976   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1121 ESuT    
Location: Merimbula    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 20 September 1977    
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-PGC  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Cooma  
Destination Merimbula  
Last update 10 June 2014