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Near collision off Hamilton Island being investigated

AVIATION authorities are investigating a near collision off the Hamilton Island coast.

The incident involved a De Havilland Canada DHC-2, VH-AWD and an unknown aircraft and occurred on October 31 about 16km north-north-east of Hamilton Island Airport.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau website, during a scenic flight, the pilot observed another aircraft passing close on a reciprocal track.

The ATSB will interview the pilots of both aircraft as part of its investigation.

The investigation might also include radio records, if these were deemed necessary and/or available, an ATSB spokesman said.

"It is mandatory for all operators to report incidents. This is usually done through the ATSB's web reporting system," he said.

A report will be released within several months.

FATAL CRASH

On September 26, 2002 six people were killed after a plane crashed and burst into flames on Hamilton Island.

Four New Zealanders, one American and an Australian pilot were killed when the Piper Cherokee Six, owned by Hamilton Island Aviation, crashed.

Eyewitnesses said the plane took off about 5pm, reached about 120 metres before crashing on the side of a hill.



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