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On the day before the accident,the pilot had obtained a short introductory flight in the aircraft which was later used. The instructor felt that he was above average in his handling of the aircraft. The pilot returned late at night, apparently broke into the flying school office to obtain keys, and took the aircraft. The aircraft was seen low flying along the Sunshine Coast over a period of several hours. The pilot later landed the aircraft on a taxiway without the use of aerodrome lighting. The only lights available were the normal Terminal illumination and security lights. The nose gear separated during the heavy landing. The Police later found a suicide note in the pilot's motel room, stating his intention to dive into Old Woman Island. The pilot had apparently been affected by alcohol. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 22 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0210 approx.  
Location:Maroochydore Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 27 November 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-RQC 
Serial number: 172-61534 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Caloundra Aerodrome QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Old Woman Island QLD
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