ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 696
Last updated: 31 October 2014
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Date:04-FEB-2007
Time:0612 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche C
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-DIC
C/n / msn: 30-1775
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:100 metres off Kingscliff beach, Casuarina, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Gold Coast, QLD (YBCG/OOL)
Destination airport:Gold Coast, QLD (YBCG/OOL)
Narrative:
On 4 February 2007, the owner pilot of a Piper Aircraft Co PA 30 Twin Comanche aircraft, registered VH-DIC, was conducting a private flight from the Gold Coast aerodrome. The pilot was the sole occupant. Approximately 11 minutes after takeoff, at 1622 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot declared an emergency reporting an engine failure and some 15 seconds later that he was also experiencing problems with the left engine. Approximately 13 minutes after departure, the aircraft impacted the water about 100 metres from Kingscliff beach, adjacent to the suburb of Casuarina, New South Wales. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

The aircraft wreckage, including most of the lower centre fuselage, wings, and both engines and propellers, were recovered 2 days after the accident. The right propeller was recovered with the blades in the feathered position. The left propeller blades were recovered in the normal operating range with bending consistent with power being applied at the time of the accident.

The pilot held a commercial pilot license and at the time of the accident, had accrued approximately 2,544 hrs total flying time. He purchased the accident aircraft in 1996, and had accrued approximately 940 hrs in that aircraft.
At the time of the accident, the weather was generally fine.

Sources:
1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2007/AAIR/aair200700358.aspx
2. http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24395/aair200700358_002.pdf

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche VH-DIC at Parafield, Adelaide, SA 18 Feb 1989

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
26-Jan-2008 23:13 Andrew Whitton Updated
20-Jun-2013 13:09 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Apr-2014 16:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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