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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.

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General details
Date: 13 November 1977 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0730 ESuT  
Location:near Lismore Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 13 January 1981 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Operational 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-CUI 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Lismore
Departure time:0713
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 13NaN
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