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The pilot, his wife and three children were conducting a private flight from Mareeba, Queensland to Roma, Queensland in the Piper PA-23-250 Aztec aircraft, registered VH-WAC. Prior to departure, the pilot was observed conducting pre-flight activities, including an aircraft inspection, refuelling the aircraft, and engine run-ups.

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General details
Date: 01 October 2003 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1140 hours EST  
Location   (show map):1 km WSW Mareeba, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 13 January 2005 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-23 
Aircraft registration: VH-WAC 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mareeba, QLD
Destination:Roma, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandATPL 2nd Class3700
Fatal: 1405
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Last update 13 May 2014