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Aircraft had descended into trees at 2.5 deg, wings level. No witnesses. Possible VFR pilot in cloud descending.

The wreckage of the aircraft was located on the north-east slope of a ridge in a remote, densely timbered mountainous area. The accident site was virtually on the planned track of the aircraft and there is evidence to indicate that, at the time of initial impact with trees, the aircraft had been on a south-south-westerly heading in gently descending controlled flight with the wings level and at near normal cruising speed.


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General details
Date: 21 March 1976 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1655 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:69 km SW Grafton Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 26 January 1977 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-POR 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Grafton, NSW
Departure time:1625
Destination:Tamworth, NSW
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 1304
Total:1304
 
 
 
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