Investigation number
196903388
Occurrence date
Location
Parafield
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Aviation occurrence type
Airborne collision
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
None

At approximately 1419 hours CST on 6th July, 1969, a Piper PA32-300 aircraft, registered
VH-PPV, and a Victa 100 aircraft, registered VH-BWT, collided in the air at a height at about 200 feet
over the western end of strip 26 at Parafield Airport, South Australia. VH-PPV, which sustained no
damage, continued in flight and landed safely at Parafield. VH-BWT which was substantially damaged
remained in flight and also landed safely at Parafield.

None of the seven occupants of VH-PPV and two occupants of VH-BWT was injured.

After taking off VH-BWT climbed directly ahead and VH-PPV, which was already
airborne, also commenced to climb but on a slightly convergent path, at a higher airspeed and with
a lower rate of climb. The field of vision of the pilot of VH-PPV was such that VH-BWT should
have been visible to him throughout the take-off and climb of both aircraft, but at a height of about
200 feet, over the western end of the strip, the pilot of VH-PPV saw VH-BWT apparently drifting
across his path from left to right and slightly above him. He attempted to take evasive action,
but the propeller of VH-PPV struck the starboard wing of VH-BWT and almost completely
destroyed the aileron. Both aircraft remained in flight and were landed safely at Parafield.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Parafield
Destination
Parafield
Model
PA-32
Registration
VH-PPV
Operation type
Private
Damage
Minor
Manufacturer
Piper Aircraft Corp
Departure time
1419
Aircraft Details
Departure point
Parafield
Destination
Parafield
Model
100
Registration
VH-BWT
Operation type
Flying Training
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Victa Ltd
Departure time
1419