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Three ultralight aircraft set out from Maitland aerodrome to fly to Narromine, with an intermediate stop at Cassilus. Near Singleton, one of the aircraft became separated from the other two, due to cloud. Radio contact was also lost. The alarm was raised and search action initiated.

The burnt out wreckage of the missing aircraft was subsequently found the following day. Both occupants had been killed. The Deputy State Coroner requested BASI assistance in the matter.

A limited investigation was carried out and found that the pilots of two of the ultralight aircraft found themselves above an area of cloud near Singleton. The lead aircraft descended through the cloud, into clear conditions below. The pilot of the second aircraft is believed to have also commenced a descent through cloud. The wreckage of that aircraft was subsequently found the following day. The circumstances of the accident were consistent with the wing structure of the aircraft failing from structural overload, following a loss of control by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 10 March 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0700 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):15km W Singleton Occurrence type:In-flight break-up 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 14 July 1998 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rans Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Rans R6 
Aircraft registration: 28-1093 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 1001
Total:1001
 
 
 
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