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Summary

On 14 September 2008, a Cessna Aircraft Co. U206A aircraft, registered VH-JDQ, with a pilot and two passengers on board, was on a private flight under the visual flight rules (VFR) from Bankstown, NSW to Archerfield, Qld with a planned stop at Scone, NSW. The aircraft was reported missing when it did not arrive at Archerfield as expected later that day.

Australian Search and Rescue were notified and, during the subsequent search, the wreckage of the aircraft was located the following day on top of a 3,800 ft ridge in rugged terrain, approximately 56 km (30 NM) north-north-east of Scone Airport. All three occupants were fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

The weather in the area at the time of the occurrence was not suitable for VFR flight and included low cloud, rain showers and high winds. Inspection of the accident site indicated that the aircraft was tracking towards Scone prior to impact with terrain.

The circumstances of this occurrence were consistent with controlled flight into terrain, probably as a result of the pilot encountering instrument meteorological conditions as he attempted to return to Scone.

 
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