Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper Aircraft Corp PA-23-250, VH-WAC

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Status: Completed
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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.    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 13 January 2005   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 2nd Class 3700
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 4 0 5
Total: 1 4 0 5
Last update 13 May 2014