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As a four-person skydiving team exited the aircraft, the reserve parachute of one of the team members deployed and tangled around the tailplane. The tail section then separated from the fuselage and the jumper's parachute separated from the tail. A section of the left elevator remained attached to the reserve parachute. When the aircraft entered a spiral descent, the remaining parachutists and the pilot abandoned it. The aircraft impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude and was destoyed. The parachutist whose parachute tangled on the tailplane received fatal injuries.

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General details
Date: 29 April 2001 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1312 hours EST  
Location   (show map):4 km NW Nagambie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 22 April 2002  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 208 
Aircraft registration: VH-MMV 
Serial number: 20800096 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Ballieston East, VIC
Departure time:1255 hours EST
Destination:Ballieston East, VIC
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandPrivate7004000
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 0011
Minor: 1001
Total:1012
 
 
 
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