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The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Diamond Aircraft Industries DA40, VH-YPQ, near Port Macquarie Airport, New South Wales, on 8 September 2017.

The aircraft was being used to conduct dual night circuit training, and there was an instructor and student pilot on board. Shortly after departing runway 21, the aircraft impacted terrain. The two pilots sustained serious injuries and the aircraft was destroyed.

Three investigators, with expertise in flight operations, aircraft maintenance and aircraft systems, are examining the site and wreckage. In addition, the team will be gathering recorded data and interviewing witnesses.

Any witnesses to the accident are requested to contact the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

General details
Date: 08 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 19:59 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):1.3 km S Port Macquarie Airport Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Serious 
Expected completion: May 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Diamond Aircraft Industries 
Aircraft model: DA 40 NG 
Aircraft registration: VH-YPQ 
Serial number: 40.N292 
Operator: Australian International Aviation College 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Port Macquarie, NSW
Destination:Port Macquarie, NSW
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Last update 11 September 2017