Preliminary

Summary

Preliminary report released 26 April 2011

On 30 March 2011, a Piper Saratoga PA32R-301T aircraft, registered VH-LKI, with a pilot and five passengers on board was returning to Moree Airport, New South Wales, from Brewarrina, which was located 300 km to the west‑south-west of Moree.

The aircraft was reported to have flown overhead the airport at about 2000 Eastern Daylight-saving Time before the pilot conducted what was reported to be a left circuit for a landing on runway 19. The aircraft was observed on a low approach path as it flew toward the runway during the final approach leg, before contacting trees and colliding with level terrain about 550 m short of the runway 19 threshold.

The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. Two other passengers who were seated in the rear of the aircraft were seriously injured. The aircraft was seriously damaged by the impact forces.