WACKETT TRAINER FORCE LANDED
AT BINGHAM, NEAR MARYBOROUGH, QLD
ON 16 FEBRUARY 1944
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Wackett Trainer, A3-158 of 3 Wireless Air Gunner's School at Maryborough, made a forced landing during a W/T training flight in a paddock at Bingham near Maryborough with ignition trouble. The aircraft lost height rapidly after it developed engine trouble forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a farmer's paddock.
The aircraft overshot the paddock and the pilot was unable to prevent the aircraft hitting a boundary fence. The investigation found that the damage caused to the aircraft was due to an error of judgement by the pilot and due to his inexperience.
The aircraft was seriously damaged and was subsequently converted to parts. One of the two occupants of the Wackett was slightly injured and the other was uninjured. The pilot of the Wackett was F.P.Bulbeck and the passenger was C.R.H. Foster.
The property owner was reimbursed £9/12/4 by the Commonwealth for the damage to his fence.
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