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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: VFR into IMC 
Release date: 21 November 1996 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-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
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1102
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