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Cessna Aircraft, 172N, VH-DDW, Bribie Island, Qld, 5 January 1996

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On Monday morning, 8 January, several pieces of aircraft wreckage were found on a beach at the south-eastern tip of Bribie Island, Qld. Also early on Monday morning a woman's body was washed up some 35 km further north. It was then that police realised that an aircraft had crashed into Moreton Bay. No aircraft had been reported missing in the area.

Later it was determined that a single engine aircraft registered VH-DDW had been hired for an extended private business trip from Victoria to south-east Queensland and had departed Caloundra on a NOSAR flight to Kooralbyn via Jacobs Well. The aircraft did not arrive at Kooralbyn. However, it was not reported as missing. The main aircraft wreckage has not been located.

The pilot's body was recovered from the ocean beach four kilometres north of Woorim on 9 January 1996.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1996   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1456 EST    
Location   (show map): Bribie Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: VFR into IMC  
Release date: 21 November 1996   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-DDW  
Serial number 17268391  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Caloundra, QLD  
Departure time 1448 EST  
Destination Kooralbyn, QLD  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 70 150
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 21 March 2016