Preliminary report released 29 November 2011
On 1 October 2011, a Cheetah Sierra 200 aircraft, registered 24-7634, departed Taree Airport for the Old Bar Airstrip, New South Wales. On board were the pilot and a passenger. After arriving overhead the Old Bar Airstrip, the pilot conducted a left circuit followed by a touch-and-go landing on runway 17. The pilot then flew an additional circuit, from which a full-stop landing was planned.
On the second landing, the pilot estimated that he would not be able to stop before the end of the airstrip. As a result, the landing was aborted and a go-around was commenced. During the initial climb phase of the go-around, the aircraft collided with a ferris wheel that was located to the south of the airstrip. The ferris wheel was part of a beach festival and, at the time of the collision, there were four people on the ferris wheel.
The aircraft and ferris wheel were damaged in the collision and the passenger and a person on the ground sustained minor injuries.