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Witnesses nearby advised that they heard the aircraft's engine but could not see the aircraft because it was obscured by low cloud. A short time later they heard a loud bang and saw pieces of aircraft fall from the cloud.

The initial wreckage examination has confirmed that the aircraft suffered an in-flight structural failure. The main wreckage was scattered over approximately 300 metres.

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General details
Date: 26 October 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0907 EST  
Location   (show map):14 km WNW Childers Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: In-flight break-up 
Release date: 13 August 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-YAB 
Serial number: 28R-35228 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Coolangatta, QLD
Departure time:0728 EST
Destination:Rockhampton, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1102
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Last update 13 May 2014