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On 7 November 2012, at about 1000 Eastern Standard Time a Cessna 172N registered VH-JGR (JGR) departed Archerfield Airport, Queensland on a training flight. The purpose of the flight was to conduct solo pre-test revision, prior to the pilot performing the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) flight test. The aircraft was booked for 2 hours. During the flight, the aircraft impacted terrain and was substantially damaged. The pilot was the only person on board and suffered severe injuries as a result of the accident and was airlifted to hospital.           

The aircraft activated air switch indicated that the aircraft was airborne for approximately 45 minutes prior to the accident, placing the time of the accident about 3 hours prior to the aircraft being located.     

This accident highlights the importance of lodging a Search and Rescue Time (SARTIME), Flight Plan or Flight Note with a responsible person, to eliminate any major delays in commencing a search. Failure to do this means that you are relying on being able to get an emergency call out, using your Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) to alert the Rescue Coordination Centre Australia (RCC) or relying on someone noticing that you have gone missing.       

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General details
Date: 07 November 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1340 EST  
Location   (show map):near Kagaru ALA Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 21 March 2013 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-JGR 
Serial number: 17269222 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield, QLD
Destination:Archerfield, QLD
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Last update 18 April 2018