Friday, June 16, 2017

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, VH-FYN: Fatal accident occurred June 16, 2017 in Ballina, Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR17WA127
Accident occurred Friday, June 16, 2017 in Ballina, Australia
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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On June 16, 2017, about 0845 local time, a Cessna 172M, VH-FYN, collided with terrain near Ballina/Byron Gateway Aerodrome, New South Wales, Australia. The pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of the Australian Civil Aviation Regulations. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. The personal flight departed Heck Field, Queensland.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of and is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Further information can be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

62 Northbourne Avenue

Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Phone +61 2 6257 4150

Web site: www.atsb.gov.au

This report is for information purposes only, and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of Australia.



Friday 2.37pm: 
Members of the tight-knit Gold Coast Sports Flying Club are struggling to come to terms with the loss of fellow pilot Doug Braund in a light plane crash near Ballina this morning.

Mr. Braund, 71, was flying his Cessna 172 Skyhawk from Heck Field at Jacob's Well on the Gold Coast this morning en route to Ballina airport when the plane crashed into dense bushland at Brooklet.

A member of the club, who did not wish to be named, said Mr Braund was a long-term member of the club who was "well respected" by his fellow pilots and "very experienced".

"It's a great loss," the man said.

"He was one of our staunchest members . . . a heart of gold.

"He was a good friend to everybody."

Many of the club's 120 members have already been informed about the tragic incident and are still in shock from the news.

A formal statement will be issued soon.

Police are still at the scene of the crash on a Brooklet property where the wreckage of the light plane remains suspended in the trees.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced an investigation into the causes of the crash and will release a preliminary report in 30 days. 



Friday 1.10pm: 
An investigation is underway after a Cessna 172 airplane crashed at Brooklet this morning, killing the 71-year-old pilot.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau have confirmed they have deployed a team of four investigators to the accident site with expertise that includes aircraft engineering and maintenance.

"While on site the team will be examining the site and wreckage, gathering any recorded data, and interviewing any witnesses," a statement from the ATSB said.

"The ATSB will provide an update on its website outlining the facts of the accident within 30 days."

Friday 12.15pm: 
Police have confirmed that a 71-year-old pilot who took off from Queensland died in this morning's aircraft crash near Bangalow.

At 8am today the aircraft took off from Heck Field Flying Club in Jacobs Well, Queensland, on route to Ballina Airport, a spokesperson for NSW Police Media stated.

About 8.55am, local residents in Brooklet, heard a loud noise and found the aircraft had crashed into bushland. There was heavy fog at the time and debris was scattered over a large area.

A 71-year-old-man was located deceased at the scene.

He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

NSW Police Media have said said the aircraft was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.  

Story and video:   https://www.centraltelegraph.com.au 





Collision with terrain involving Cessna 172, VH-FYN, 12 km WNW of Ballina, NSW, on 16 June 2017

Investigation number: AO-2017-061
Investigation status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary:

The ATSB is investigating a fatal aircraft accident involving a Cessna 172 aircraft, registered VH-FYN, that occurred about 12km WNW of Ballina, NSW on 16 June 2017.

The aircraft collided with terrain and the pilot, the only person on board, was fatally injured.

The ATSB has deployed a team of four investigators to the accident site with expertise that includes aircraft engineering and maintenance.

While on site the team will be examining the site and wreckage, gathering any recorded data, and interviewing any witnesses.

The ATSB will provide an update on its website outlining the facts of the accident within 30 days.

Aviation safety investigation report: http://www.atsb.gov.au

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