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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22596
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:27-AUG-2008
Time:12:38 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150M
Owner/operator:Royal Victorian Aero Club
Registration: VH-UPY
C/n / msn: A150-0653
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Lorna Street, Cheltenham, 3 Km NW of Moorabbin, Melbourne, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Moorabbin, Melbourne (MBW/YMMB)
Destination airport:Moorabbin, Melbourne (MBW/YMMB)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
On 27 August 2008 at 1238 Eastern Standard Time, a solo student pilot in a Cessna Aircraft Company A150M aircraft, registered VH-UPY, and a student pilot and instructor in a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28-161 aircraft, registered VH-CGT, were flying about 3 km north-west of Moorabbin Aerodrome, Victoria.

The pilot of Cessna VH-UPY conducted a touch-and-go on runway 31 left (31L) at Moorabbin as Piper VH-CGT was entering the control zone from the north-west at 1,000 ft above mean sea level (AMSL) to join the circuit on left downwind for runway 31L. As VH-CGT approached the circuit pattern, the student pilot saw VH-UPY, very close and climbing from his left on a collision course, and took avoiding action. However, the two aircraft collided, resulting in VH-UPY colliding with terrain and fatal injuries to the solo student pilot.

The pilot was named in contemporary media reports as 24-year-old Akash Ananth of Clayton, Victoria, and the crash site as Lorna Street, Cheltenham, 3 Km North West of Moorabbin, Melbourne, Victoria.

The other aircraft (Piper Warrior VH-CGT) landed safely back at Moorabbin Airport, with no harm to the pilot. The Piper, however, sustained impact damage to the starboard undercarriage leg, and the starboard side of the rear fuselage and elevator (see: http://www.yssyforum.net/board/showpost.php?p=11586&postcount=16)

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/2486211/ao2008059.pdf
2. https://www.theage.com.au/national/pilot-dies-after-midair-collision-20080827-43jm.html?page=-1
3. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-08-27/student-pilot-killed-in-mid-air-collision/491046
4. https://www.pprune.org/pacific-general-aviation-questions/340680-merged-mid-air-collision-moorabbin.html
5. http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=16898
6. http://www.yssyforum.net/board/showthread.php?t=1367
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20090803062451/http://www.atsb.gov.au:80/publications/investigation_reports/2008/AAIR/aair200805363.aspx

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of VH-UPY courtesy AirHistory.net


Moorabbin (YMMB / MBW)
23 November 2007; (c) Phil Vabre

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Aug-2008 01:58 Bobman Added
27-Aug-2008 02:00 harro Updated
08-May-2014 02:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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