Accident Piper PA-24-250 Commanche VH-PAR,
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Date:Thursday 8 January 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-24-250 Commanche
Owner/operator:Nichols Holdings Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-PAR
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Jandakot Airport, Perth, WA -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:YGEL
Destination airport:YPJT
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
At 1420 hours WST on 8th January, 1970, a Beech A23A aircraft, registered VH-RWA, and a Piper PA24-250 aircraft, registered VH-PAR, collided at a height of approximately 100 feet above ground level, whilst on approach to Runway 24 at Jandakot Airport, Western Australia. Although substantially damaged, VH-RWA continued in flight and landed safely on the runway but VH-PAR became uncontrollable following loss of the complete empennage and crashed some 590 feet short of the runway threshold. The two aircraft, each following a different approach path to the runway, had gradually converged until both aircraft became established on final approach with VH-RWA above and slightly behind VH-PAR. As the two aircraft approached a height of approximately 100 feet above ground level, the flight path of VH-RWA steepened and this aircraft descended on to VH-PAR. The first contact was made between the underside of the mainplane of the upper aircraft and the top of the vertical fin of VH-PAR and the propeller of VH-RWA then contacted the rear fuselage of VH-PAR and severed it.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

18-Jul-2018 08:19 Pineapple Added
07-Jun-2022 21:36 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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