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The pilot of an aircraft reported that a second aircraft (which was travelling in company) was making a forced landing. He reported a rough running engine and severe vibration. Both aircraft were above broken cloud at the time and were having difficulties finding a clear hole to decend through.

A helicopter found the wreckage near last light on the third day of the search. The aircraft had impacted the ground in a 70 degree dive among trees.

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General details
Date: 19 October 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0920 EST  
Location   (show map):65km WSW Millmerran, (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: In-flight break-up 
Release date: 01 April 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Starlet 
Aircraft registration: VH-NMG 
Serial number: Q42 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Forrest Hill, QLD
Departure time:0800 EST
Destination:St George, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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Last update 13 May 2014