Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-151, VH-JGG, Piper PA28-181, VH-DAF, Mudgee NSW, 12 April 1991

Investigation number:
199100010
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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Both pilots were conducting solo navigation exercises for the removal of the area restriction from their Private Pilot Licences. The pilot of VH-JGG, following a brief refuelling stop at Mudgee, took off from runway 04 and climbed to circuit height prior to setting heading from the downwind leg. At about the same time, VH-DAF entered the downwind leg for runway 04, after approaching the circuit area from the west. Both pilots made the required radio calls but possibly may not have heard each other due to preoccupation with their respective arrival and DEPARTURE procedures. An eye-witness reported seeing one aircraft being overtaken by a second aircraft which appeared to be taking evasive action. The right wing of the overtaking aircraft struck the left wing of the leading aircraft. The overtaking aircraft, which was subsequently identified as VH-DAF, lost its right wing in the collision and spun to the ground about two kilometres northwest of the aerodrome. The other aircraft was landed successfully in a paddock about two kilometres southeast of the aerodrome, despite extensive damage to the left wing which rendered aileron and flap systems inoperative and airspeed indications unreliable. At the time of accident the weather was fine with scattered cloud at 4000 feet and visibility in excess of 10 kilometres.

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General details
Date: 12 April 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1320    
Location   (show map): Mudgee    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airborne collision  
Release date: 18 July 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-JGG  
Serial number 28-7515315  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mudgee NSW  
Departure time 1319  
Destination Orange NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-DAF  
Serial number 28-7690365  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time 1149  
Destination Mudgee NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014