ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33040
Last updated: 23 September 2014
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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.
Socata TB10 Tobago
|Owner/operator:||Australian Flying Training School (AFTS)|
|C/n / msn:|| 252|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Bankstown, Sydney, NSW -
|Departure airport:||Bankstown, Sdyney, NSW (BWU/YSBK)|
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.
SOCATA TB-10 Tobago VH-BXC pictured at Bankstown, Sydney on March 16 1982
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||Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
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