Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C, VH-OFF: Accident occurred January 28, 2014 near Aldinga Airport (YADG), South Australia

Two people aboard light plane that crashed near Aldinga Airfield walk away uninjured 

A Piper Navajo plane forced to make an emergency landing at Aldinga today is understood to be the same plane involved in an incident at Adelaide Airport late last year. 

 Two people on-board the plane were fortunate to walk away without serious injury when forced to make an emergency landing near the Aldinga Airfield about 11.30am.

Emergency services were called to a paddock north of Colville Rd, 1km from the airfield, when the plane came down.

The Advertiser understands the plane crashed in the paddock after takeoff because of engine failure.

It is also understood the plane is the same aircraft that made a heavy landing at Adelaide Airport on November 2 last year, when the undercarriage of the plane collapsed upon landing.

A local pilot said the plane's call sign - VH-OFF - had also been spray painted to stop media identifying the aircraft.

"They had an engine cutout on takeoff," the man said.

"I'm a pilot and these things happen. It's a fact of life that accidents happen - it's lucky that this time the two people are fine.

"This is the same plane that couldn't get a wheel to lock down and tipped on its wing at Adelaide Airport not long ago.

"You can see that they sprayed the rego numbers out with a spray can."

Photos taken by The Advertiser show the registration call sign on the plane's tail to be covered in black spray-paint.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been advised of the emergency landing and is investigating.

A spokeswoman said the bureau had been advised that the plane was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off.

She said the plane pulled to the left and experienced power surges after only reaching a height of about 50ft.

The pilot then retracted the undercarriage landing gear and made the emergency landing in the paddock, she said.

The plane's engines are identical to those which failed on a Whyalla Airlines Piper Chieftain which crashed into Spencer Gulf in 2000, killing eight people.

Source:    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au

The twin-engine Piper Chieftain plane with its tail number obscured. 
Photo: Sam Wundke. 
Source: News Limited 

 The plane in the paddock at Aldinga.
 Picture: Sam Wundke

 The plane in the paddock at Aldinga. 
Picture: Sam Wundke

Lucky escape from Aldinga plane crash

Two people have walked away without apparent injury from a light plane that crash-landed in a paddock south of Adelaide.

The twin-engine Piper was forced to make an emergency landing one kilometre from the Aldinga airfield about 11:30am.

The plane's wheels were not down and it landed on its belly in the paddock north of Colville Road after a short flight.

Two people were on-board and police say the pair appears to have escaped injury but may be suffering from shock.

Paramedics at the scene are assessing them.

Source:   http://www.fiveaa.com.au

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