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Mallard Down in Perth

Old 26th Jan 2017, 08:14
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Mallard Down in Perth

A Mallard just crashed into the Swan River in Perth. I just saw it happen. Turning from downwind to tight left base lining up for a landing. It looked too slow, turn got steep and in it went, almost wingtip first, it's hot, busy and crowded.

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Old 26th Jan 2017, 08:24
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Story - with decent video surprisingly - available on the PerthNow website.

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Old 26th Jan 2017, 08:39
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Mallard Down in Perth

Looks like a Grumman Mallard has spun into the Swan River at Skyshow.

Very sad images on online media.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 08:45
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The crash happened in front of tens of thousands of spectators gathering for the Australia Day fireworks display; which fireworks are launched from barges on the Swan River.

Not sure if the weather had a hand in the aircraft performance here, it has been an absolutely stinker of a day, with Perth recording a maximum of 42C at 14:09Hrs and the temperature still on 39 at 17:00Hrs, around the time of the crash.

News media is now reporting the pilot is deceased. Certainly didn't appear to be a survivable crash, and the aircraft has been totally destroyed. The Swan is quite shallow in the area, he would have impacted the river bed.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 08:59
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I think you'll find that it's VH-CQA.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:02
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Looks bad. Thoughts with the crew and families and all the witnesses. Very traumatic.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/34277136...ky-show/#page1
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:13
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Reports are that there were 2POB, and neither have surfaced, so it can be presumed that there are 2 fatalities.

Thank goodness they didn't crash into a pile of boats, the Swan River is normally bumper-to-bumper with boats at this time of day, on Australia Day.

Tonights Australia Day celebrations and fireworks show in Perth have reportedly been cancelled due to the crash.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:15
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Unfortunately, 2 fatalities reported.

Ch 7 NEWS just announcing that the traditional fireworks display for tonight on the Swan River has been cancelled due to the crash / WA Police refer.

Sad all around.......
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:16
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7 and Perth Now reporting that police have confirmed 2 fatalities.
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I think you will find it is VH-CQA.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:32
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Ah bugger it! Happened about the same time as I was posting a photo of the aircraft, taken down at Evans Head. I've just had friends from WA confirm that CQA was listed on the display program and it didn't appear to be a turbine, so...
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:33
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As stated above it's Vh-CQA, a privalety owned Mallard based on the east coast.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:35
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Griffo, gidday sorry it's in these circumstances ..
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:37
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Just reported on 7News that both occupants have died, Skyworks display has been cancelled.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:39
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Originally Posted by Car RAMROD View Post
7 and Perth Now reporting that police have confirmed 2 fatalities.
Dreadful business. Both passed away. It effects all pilots and aircrew, at a loss like this.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:41
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Reasonable coverage on this site:
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/light...-ng-b88367876z
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:43
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just watched quite a few vids of the incident, and from reports, no engine issues, but looks like a G stall while trying to tighten up the turn at low level. other witneses reporting he was getting close to edge of the display box, and tightened the turn to avoid going outside of the box.

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Old 26th Jan 2017, 09:50
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That is certainly some confronting and graphic footage. Such a terrible shame and end to what would have been a great day for everyone.
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Old 26th Jan 2017, 10:01
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Very hot 43C day here in Perth,

All comments above correct. Seen the footage shot from behind the turn, looked like a descending turn, steepened up part way through., then left wingtip water contact and cartwheel/ break up. No dramatic attitude changes or sudden movements visible in the clips Ive seen so far.
Bloody tragic.
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