ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33040
Last updated: 25 April 2014
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Date:16-SEP-1982
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic TOBA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Socata TB10 Tobago
Owner/operator:Australian Flying Training School (AFTS)
Registration: VH-BXC
C/n / msn: 252
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bankstown, Sydney, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Bankstown, Sdyney, NSW (BWU/YSBK)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off 16 September 1982 in a ground collision with Piaggio P.166 (c/no 375) VH-CAC. Late on the evening of the 16th the yet-to-solo student pilot forced entry to the premises of the Tobago's operator and acquired the keys to the aircraft. Air Traffic Controllers (TWR) attempted to contact the aircraft by VHF but heard no reply.

The Tobago became airborne and began making low passes over a domestic property adjacent to a licenced premises at the edge of the airfield, causing patrons to spontaneously evacuate the hotel. After approximately 30 minutes, the aircraft climbed to an estimated altitude of 1,000 feet before commencing a rapid descent under full power.

The aircraft struck the ground in a near vertical angle at a point illuminated by the headlights of the student pilot's carefully positioned car.The ensuing fire destroyed a Douglas C47 and a Piaggio P166. Debris was spread over a wide area notably the engine, which was located 6 metres above the ground,still stuck in the wall of a hangar over 80 metres from the crash site. The pilot was killed.

Sources:
1. http://www.airwaysmuseum.com
2. http://www.peter2000.co.uk/aviation/tbdata/0251-0300.htm

SOCATA TB-10 Tobago VH-BXC pictured at Bankstown, Sydney on March 16 1982

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2010 05:55 TB Updated [Date, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Feb-2012 03:48 TB Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2012 01:37 115.128.10.242 Updated [Narrative]
14-Apr-2014 02:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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