Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech A23A, VH-RWA and Piper PA24-250, VH-PAR, Jandakot Airport, WA, 8 January 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 1420 hours WST on 8th January, 1970, a Beech A23A aircraft, registered VH-RWA, and a Piper PA24-250 aircraft, registered VH-PAR, collided at a height of approximately 100 feet above ground level, whilst on approach to Runway 24 at Jandakot Airport, Western Australia. Although substantially damaged, VH-RWA continued in flight and landed safely on the runway but VH-PAR became uncontrollable following loss of the complete empennage and crashed some 590 feet short of the runway threshold.

The two aircraft, each following a different approach path to the runway, had gradually converged until both aircraft became established on final approach with VH-RWA above and slightly behind VH-PAR. As the two aircraft approached a height of approximately 100 feet above ground level, the flight path of VH-RWA steepened and this aircraft descended on to VH-PAR. The first contact was made between the underside of the mainplane of the upper aircraft and the top of the vertical fin of -PAR and the propeller of VH-RWA then contacted the rear fuselage of VH-PAR and severed it.

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General details
Date: 08 January 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1420 WST    
Location: Jandakot    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Airborne collision  
Release date: 18 September 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 23  
Aircraft registration VH-RWA  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jandakot  
Destination Jandakot  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-24  
Aircraft registration VH-PAR  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Fremantle  
Destination Jandakot  
Last update 16 May 2014