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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 02:06
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MERGED: Skydivers Feared Dead In Light Plane Crash Caboolture

Reports of a crash this morning.
Unsure of any more details...

"A LIGHT plane has crashed at Caboolture airfield, north of Brisbane, this morning.

There are reports at least one person was onboard.

Their injuries are unknown.

It is believed the aircraft was on fire.

The plane was on the runway when the crash happened around 11.30am."
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 02:27
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"There are reports at least one person was onboard".

I would certainly hope so if it was airborne!
I read up to five onboard in another report. Don't know what kind of aircraft. Hoping its not as bad as it looks, photo on news.com
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 02:48
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Terrible news

The photo is self explanitory. RIP

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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 02:49
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Doesn't look good. Reports are the 5 POB were heading out to skydive.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:04
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Skydivers Feared Dead In Light Plane Crash

As many as six people are feared dead after a light plane was incinerated on take-off at Caboolture Airfield, north of Brisbane.

The plane, used for skydiving, took off before veering left, crashing and bursting into flames. Bryan Carpenter, who witnessed Saturday's crash, said high-octane fuel burned the plane within a minute.

He said the Cessna 206 carried between five and six people on its skydiving flights. Police have not released the names of the people on board or the name of the skydiving company.

Mr Carpenter, a flight trainer at Caboolture for 14 years, said it looked to be the worst crash in his time there. Police have closed the airport while they investigate the crash
Skydivers feared dead in light plane crash
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:05
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Terribly sad.

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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:16
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RIP

C206. Five/six (conflicting reports) on board. No survivors reported via Sky News.

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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:27
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If one could speculate so early on the causative factors in this crash a C of G problem would be high on the list.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:32
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Not a good run you guys are having up at Caboolture, very sad yet again.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:45
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Very sad for all concerned. Thoughts go out to the family, friends and staff.

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I would certainly hope so if it was airborne!
There have been known incorrectly executed manual prop starts resulting in an airborne plane crashing with no one on board... wish this was one of them ;-(
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 03:59
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There was this gem quoted in the news.com.au story:

“There are no survivors. I can’t confirm how many people were on board, but there was at least one, otherwise it wouldn’t have been taking off, ” he said."

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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 06:25
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FlightAware reports aircraft was VH-FRT
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 06:30
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Or seat pin failing...........?

Very sad, anyway you look at it...
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 06:41
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The old saw "Who would want to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane?" is generally only uttered by people who have never flown a skydive aeroplane.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 07:22
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Safety officer at YCAB is reported as witnessing the takeoff and the crash.
He reported hearing two bangs, one just after the aircraft became airborne, and the second as it hit the ground. EFATO?
Witness refused to offer up speculation as to the cause of the crash, saying "mechanical failure" was possibly likely.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 07:34
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I sadly witnessed this accident and was one of the first on the scene...

As stated the investigators will tell the story so let's not speculate. A young pilot in the C206 with two instructor jumpers and two others. There was no hope for them.

May they rest in peace.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 08:36
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If one could speculate so early on the causative factors in this crash a C of G problem would be high on the list.
Would you mind telling us in some detail as to why you are speculating that a C of G problem would be high on the list as a causative factor?
Do you have experience operating the 206 in the skydive (or other) roles?

RIP the guys and girl.
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Old 22nd Mar 2014, 08:40
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I fly out of caboolture regurlarly, anyone know if it was the usual Female jump pilot?
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"Would you mind telling us in some detail as to why you are speculating that a C of G problem would be high on the list as a causative factor?
Do you have experience operating the 206 in the skydive (or other) roles?"

Have done a reasonable amount of time in skydive ops. C of G isn't too much of an issue in a 206. What can catch you out is not resetting the elevator trim following a landing with 1 up. The CG is near the forward limit 1 up requiring as much as full "Nose Up" trim for landing. If not reset before takeoff with a full load the control loads are very high - I know from first hand experience!
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Or seat pin failing...........?

Very sad, anyway you look at it...
I think, from what I know, this is exactly what the ATSB should look at first. Will save a lot of time and trouble.

Nothing more to say, so you can read between the lines.

So sad and likely to be so avoidable.

I did know the pilot as did a few pruners so I do not write this lightly.




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