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Significant Factors


  1. An intense thunderstorm developed in a short time-frame ahead of the main line of thunderstorms, producing heavy rain, hail and windshear, which the aircraft encountered shortly after take-off.
  2. Air traffic control and Bureau of Meteorology staff did not mutually exchange information regarding the thunderstorm as it developed and approached Coolangatta aerodrome.
  3. Coolangatta Air Traffic Services staff did not ensure that the crew were aware of the changed weather conditions and the new Automatic Terminal Information Service broadcast advising that thunderstorms were in the area.
  4. The crew did not have a complete and timely picture of a hazardous and rapidly deteriorating meteorological situation from which to make an accurate assessment of that situation.

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