Thursday, July 12, 2012

Piper PA-34-200, VH-LCK: Accident occurred July 11, 2012 in Broome, Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR12WA334 
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Broome, Australia

Aircraft: PIPER PA34, registration: VH-LCK
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

On July 11, 2012, at 2020 universal coordinated time, a Piper PA-34-200, VH-LCK, collided with terrain near Broome, Australia. The airplane was a charter flight operating under the pertinent civil regulations of Australia. The pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Australia. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canberra A.C.T. 2608

Tel: +612 6274 6054
Fax: +612 6274 6434

Adam Gaffney, 27, reported to be the pilot who lost his life in Wednesday night's plane crash in Broome.

The pilot who died in a Broome plane crash was an experienced pilot who had flown the route numerous times before, according to the directors of Golden Eagle Airlines.

The 27-year-old pilot, who was reported yesterday to be Adam Gaffney, was killed on Wednesday when the light plane he was flying crashed into sand dunes at Broome's iconic Cable Beach just after take-off.

The Golden Eagle Airlines pilot was at the start of his shift on a regular return freight flight from Broome to Port Hedland when the incident occurred. He was travelling in a Piper Seneca plane.

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