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The aircraft was being used to conduct parachuting operations from Hamilton Island. On this flight, an instructor was to carry out a tandem jump and another parachutist was to make a solo jump. As the aircraft was climbing to altitude the pilot parachute on the instructor's rig opened. The pilot parachute was drawn out of the aircraft and the instructor managed to exit the aircraft and deploy his main parachute. He made a successful water landing. The solo parachutist jumped from the aircraft to render any necessary assistance to the instructor. The parachutist who was to jump in tandem with the instructor remained in the aircraft which was landed successfully at Hamilton Island. Subsequent inspection of the aircraft found that the right stabliser and elevator were bent upward and the elevator horn balance torn off. The reason for the inadvertent deployment of the pilot parachute is unknown.
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General details
Date: 14 October 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:13 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 13 November 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182P 
Aircraft registration: VH-SNA 
Sector: Sport and recreational 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hamilton Is QLD
Destination:Hamilton Is QLD
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