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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233072
Last updated: 23 April 2020
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Date:19-FEB-2020
Time:c. 11:24 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Moorabbin Aviation Service
Registration: VH-JQF
C/n / msn: 44-7995291
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Mangalore Airport (YMNG), Mangalore, VIC -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Mangalore Airport, VIC (YMNG)
Destination airport:Mangalore Airport, VIC (YMNG)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
A Piper PA-44-180 Seminole (VH-JQF) and a Beechcraft D95A Travel Air (VH-AEM) suffered a mid-air collision at about 4100 feet, east Mangalore Airport (YMNG), Victoria, Australia. Both occupants in each aircraft were killed and the aircraft were destroyed.
The Beech Travel Air had departed Melbourne-Tyabb Airport at 10:55 hours on a training flight to Shepparton via Mangalore, and return to Tyabb. On board were an instructor and student.
At 11:11, the pilot of the Seminole, contacted air traffic control (ATC) to advise that the aircraft was taxiing for departure from Mangalore Airport. The pilot had submitted a flight plan for a round-trip IFR flight for Mangalore via Essendon and Shepparton. Also on board was an authorised testing officer, who was testing the pilot for an instrument flight rating.
The Travel Air tracked as per the flight plan and, at 11:17, began a descent from 6,000 ft above mean sea level (AMSL) for airwork at Mangalore. Radio communication with ATC indicated the airwork was to occur between 4,000 ft and ground level.
At 11:19, the air traffic controller passed traffic information to VH-AEM about VH-JQF departing from Mangalore. At 11:22, VH-JQF made a departure call from Mangalore, advising ATC of a planned climb to 7,000 ft. ATC passed traffic information about VH-AEM to the Seminole crew.
At 11:24 the two aircraft collided approximately 8 km south of Mangalore Airport at approximately 4,100 ft. All four pilots were fatally injured in the accident, and both aircraft were destroyed.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/19/four-people-killed-in-mid-air-collision-between-two-aircraft-in-victoria
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/deaths-feared-after-mangalore-plane-crash/news-story/625174c79beab77367fb4ab70892c16e
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-19/aircraft-incident-at-mangalore/11980244
https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/deaths-feared-after-mangalore-plane-crash/news-story/625174c79beab77367fb4ab70892c16e
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/two-planes-involved-in-crash-in-central-victoria-20200219-p5429t.html
https://www.3aw.com.au/it-doesnt-look-good-planes-crash-near-seymour/

Data __________________________

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mangalore+VIC+3663,+Australia/@-36.9246204,145.1006379,26155m/data=!3m2
!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6ad821e4a1cdae27:0x40579a430a07fa0!8m2!3d-36.8908218!4d145.164489?hl=en-us
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHJQF
http://www.aviationwa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140317_VH-JQF_Piper_PA-44-180_Seminole_David_Eyre-1.jpg (photo)

ATSB__________________________
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2020/aair/ao-2020-012/



Images:


Flight track based on ADS-B data recorded by Flightaware


Photo: ATSB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Feb-2020 01:51 Geno Added
19-Feb-2020 01:52 Geno Updated [Date, Source]
19-Feb-2020 04:23 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
19-Feb-2020 04:30 RobertMB Updated [Source]
19-Feb-2020 04:34 RobertMB Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Feb-2020 04:48 RobertMB Updated [Damage]
19-Feb-2020 06:29 Bidgee Updated [Destination airport, Source]
19-Feb-2020 15:50 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Photo]
19-Feb-2020 16:46 harro Updated [Time, Location, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]
19-Feb-2020 16:53 harro Updated [Narrative]
23-Apr-2020 06:21 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]

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