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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 390
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:02-JAN-2006
Time:10:45 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna U206 Super Skywagon
Owner/operator:Brisbane Skydiving Centre
Registration: VH-UYB
C/n / msn: U206-0314
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Willowbank, West of Ipswich, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Willowbank, QLD (YWIN)
Destination airport:Willowbank, QLD (YWIN)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
At about 1040 Eastern Standard Time on 2 January 2006, a Cessna Aircraft Company U206 aircraft, registered VH-UYB, took off from the parachuting centre at Willowbank, Qld on a tandem parachuting flight. On board the aircraft were the pilot and six parachutists.

The surviving Tandem Master parachutist, who was also a private pilot, reported that, at about 100 feet, the aircraft performed as if the power had been pulled back. The aircraft was observed to bank right, before it impacted a tree and became submerged in a dam.

The aircraft was destroyed and five persons on board received fatal injuries or were drowned. The two survivors received serious injuries.

The five deceased persons were:-
Colin Peter Hicklin (aged 41)
Barbara Frederique McLelland (aged 40 - she died on the actual day of her 40th birthday)
Nigel Dermot O’Gorman (aged 34)
Susanne Elaine Williams (aged 49)
Anthony Peter Winter (aged 22)

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2006/aair/aair200600001.aspx
2. http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/86726/cif-willowbank-aircrash-20081124.pdf [Coroners Inquest report into the 5 deceased]
3. https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/1361516/aair200600001_001.pdf
4. https://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20060120X00099&key=1
5. https://www.pprune.org/pacific-general-aviation-questions/204459-206-crash-into-dam-west-ipswich.html
6. https://www.smh.com.au/news/national/six-feared-dead-in-light-plane-crash/2006/01/02/1136050376945.html

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation R20070027 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to Australian Parachute Federation
Safety recommendation R20070028 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to Australian Parachute Federation
Safety recommendation R20070029 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to Australian Parachute Federation
Safety recommendation R20070030 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to CASA
Safety recommendation R20070031 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to CASA
Safety recommendation R20070032 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to CASA
Safety recommendation R20070033 issued 30 October 2007 by ATSB to FAA

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
27-Jan-2008 00:30 Andrew Whitton Updated
09-May-2014 02:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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