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The aircraft had been cleared to track south over water through the Coffs Harbour control zone. After reporting passing abeam the aerodrome the pilot requested a clearance to descend to 500 feet.The clearance was given to the pilot and acknowledged. Two minutes later the pilot reported that he was returning to land at Coffs Harbour and that he had no visibility at that stage. Shortly after the pilot was cleared to join the circuit for landing, communication was lost with the aircraft. The aircraft had impacted the sea near Sawtell in a heavy rainstorm.
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General details
Date: 18 February 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1335 ESuT  
Location   (show map):7km S Coffs Harbour Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: VFR into IMC 
Release date: 27 July 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-JLG 
Serial number: 17248836 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Kooralbyn QLD
Destination:Taree NSW
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1NaN
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