Friday, July 13, 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

Young Broome pilot Adam Gaffney had been engaged for just three weeks when he died as his plane crashed into Cable Beach sand dunes on Wednesday night.

Mr Gaffney, who flew for Kimberley-based Golden Eagle Airlines, was engaged to fiancee Janice Mae Andoy-Posadas. He was on a regular night freight run when his plane went down shortly after take-off.

Originally from Hobart, Mr Gaffney had worked for the company for 18 months and clocked up more than 400 flying hours on that route.

Mr Gaffney and his fiancee made the Facebook announcement about their engagement on June 19 - their seventh anniversary.

Ms Andoy-Posadas is today being comforted by family and friends, as tributes pour in for Mr Gaffney, a popular, well-liked local.

"Such a loss, one of the nicest guys I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Heart goes out to his fiancee and family back in Tas and all his friends.'' - Ash of Exmouth 

 According to her Facebook profile, Ms Andoy-Posadas, who graduated from the Kimberley Training Institute in 2008 with a Diploma in Business Administration, works as a tourism officer at the Derby Visitor's Information Centre.

Police say the freight plane was not flying overloaded and Mr Gaffney was a highly experienced pilot.

The twin-engine Piper Seneca freight plane took off in good weather conditions about 8pm (WST) on Wednesday and moments later crashed in sand dunes about 2km south of Cable Beach. Mr Gaffney was the only person on board.

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