Aviation safety investigations & reports

Mid-Air Collision between Cessna 172-N VH-HIZ and Piper PA38-112, VH-MHQ, Near Tweed Heads, NSW 20 May 1988

Investigation number:
198803460
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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At approximately 1609 hours on 20 May 1988, Cessna 172-N registered VH-HIZ and Piper PA38-112 Tomahawk registered VH-MHQ collided on the downwind leg of the right hand circuit for Runway 14 at Coolangatta, Queensland. The aircraft had been engaged in training flights in the Coolangatta circuit area. Both broke up after the collision and fell into swampland. A flying instructor and a pilot under instruction in each aircraft received fatal injuries.
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General details
Date: 20 May 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1609 EST    
Location: Coolangatta    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Airborne collision  
Release date: 10 December 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-HIZ  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Coolangatta, QLD  
Destination Coolangatta, QLD  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-38  
Aircraft registration VH-MHQ  
Serial number 38-79A0628  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Coolangatta, QLD  
Destination Coolangatta, QLD  
Last update 15 March 2016