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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Coolangatta Occurrence type:Airborne collision 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 10 December 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
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 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
 
 
 
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