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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219994
Last updated: 11 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M
Registration: VH-RQC
C/n / msn: 172-61534
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sunshine Coast Airport (YBSU), Marcoola, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:YCDR
Destination airport:Old Woman Island, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
On the day before the accident, the pilot had obtained a short introductory flight in the aircraft which was later used. The instructor felt that he was above average in his handling of the aircraft. The pilot returned late at night, apparently broke into the flying school office to obtain keys, and took the aircraft. The aircraft was seen low flying along the Sunshine Coast over a period of several hours. The pilot later landed the aircraft on a taxiway without the use of aerodrome lighting. The only lights available were the normal Terminal illumination and security lights. The nose gear separated during the heavy landing. The Police later found a suicide note in the pilot's motel room, stating his intention to dive into Old Woman Island. The pilot had apparently been affected by alcohol. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

24-Dec-2018 05:42 Pineapple Added

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