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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236105
Last updated: 11 July 2020
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Time:c. 10:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic GP3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pereira GP-3 Osprey 2
Registration: VH-WID
C/n / msn: WJC003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Windella, west of Maitland Airport (MTL/YMND), Rutherford, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Maitland Airport, NSW (MTL/YMND)
Destination airport:Maitland Airport, NSW (MTL/YMND)
Investigating agency: ATSB
The amateur-built Osprey 2 amphibian aircraft, registered VH-WID, departed Maitland Airport, New South Wales on a private flight. The flight was intended as a test flight and the pilot was the sole occupant. This was the third flight for the aircraft, which was operating under a special certificate of airworthiness experimental. This certificate required that 25 hours of flight-testing be conducted.
The aircraft took off to the south-west from runway 23 before turning left, with the intention to climb to 3,000 ft and conduct the flight-testing over the airfield.
About 3 minutes after the take-off, a number of people observed white smoke coming from the aircraft and a person on the ground informed the pilot over the radio about the smoke. The pilot replied that the engine was running rough and that the intent would be to return to the airport for a landing on runway 23. Witnesses then observed the aircraft circling while descending over the north of the airport.
At 1010, the pilot reported on the downwind leg of the circuit for runway 05 (the opposite direction to which the aircraft took off). This circuit took the aircraft to the north and west of the airport. The engine subsequently failed completely and the pilot reported changing to runway 08.
A number of witnesses observed the aircraft on approach to runway 08 and reported that the aircraft appeared to be low and slow. The witnesses reported that there was no engine sound, and several reported that they observed the propeller to be stationary. The aircraft was observed to roll to the left, descend and impact terrain. Residents of the adjoining properties attempted to rescue the pilot and provide first aid; however, the pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was destroyed.

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Photo: ATSB

Revision history:

17-May-2020 03:36 Geno Added
17-May-2020 04:43 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-May-2020 04:55 gerard57 Updated [Date]
17-May-2020 06:40 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-May-2020 06:41 RobertMB Updated [Departure airport, Source]
11-Jul-2020 05:57 harro Updated [Nature, Narrative, Photo]

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