The aircraft first struck trees on a ridge while on a westerly heading in substantially level flight. Portion of the right wing was torn off the aircraft, apparently out of control, crashed into the thickly timbered valley immediately west of the ridge.
Detailed examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any defect or malfunction which might have contributed to the accident.
|Date:||13 November 1977||Investigation status:||Completed|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||13 January 1981||Occurrence category:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|