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WHEN SQNLDR Steve
Bekker manoeuvred his
P/C-9A to the starboard
side of the stricken civil-
ian light aircraft, he saw for the first
time the seriousness of the stiuation.
"The starboard gull wing door
appeared to be completely missing,
with some apparent damage to the
structure surrounding the hinge mech-
anism," SQNLDR Bekker said.
"From our formation position, we
could look into the aircraft and see the
co-pilot's body from head to toe and
part of the rear seats."
At 12.30pm on July 2, SQNLDR
Bekker, a qualified test pilot, and
FLTLT Pete Nugent, a flight test engi-
neer, were conducting a maintenance
test flight in a PC-9/A, Tester 5, in the
Edinburgh training area.
Then they received a mayday call
from Air Traffic Control at Adelaide
An inbound civil Lancair propjet
aircraft with two personnel on board
about 60 nautical miles away report-
ed it had lost some fuselage and had
a potential structural failure.
The P/C-9A immediately altered
Two Aircraft Research and Development Unit
aircrew were in the right place at the right
time to respond to an airborne emergency,
Andrew Stackpool reports.
course to find the Lancair, which was
about 25 nautical miles off the coast.
SQNLDR Bekker said they initially
approached the aircraft on its port side
and it appeared undamaged.
"We manoeuvred above and
behind the aircraft and then flew to its
starboard side," he said.
It was then they saw the door was
"Importantly, however, we could
not see any damage to the tail of the
aircraft. Had this area been damaged,
then the situation would have been
potentially much worse as there would
most likely be control issues when the
aircraft attempted to land."
FLTLT Nugent said they were sur-
prised by the amount of structure that
was missing and relieved that it did not
appear to have struck the tail plane or
critically compromised the integrity of
They informed the Lancair's crew,
via Adelaide, as the Lancair pilot
advised he was having difficulty hear-
Tester 5 then escorted the Lancair
to Adelaide airport.
On transit, their main con-
cern was that the Lancair would hold
together and land safely.
"Our job was to monitor for any
deterioration in structure and back
up the pilot with respect to naviga-
tion, aircraft configuration and any
approach anomalies," SQNLDR
"During the approach and our
subsequent overshoot we could see
that emergency services were in
place and ready to react if required."
FLTLT Nugent said there was a real
element of chance to their response,
which began when Tester 5's flight had
been delayed by bad weather.
"Our test flight was serviceable; we
wouldn't have been able or wanted to
assist if we had an unserviceable air-
craft," FLTLT Nugent said.
"Also, Air Force test aircrew are
trained and proficient in dissimilar air-
craft formation and as such were able
to assess the situation and join up with
the distressed aircraft safely.
"The layout of Adelaide Airport
was also fortunate, as the aircraft
could conduct a straight-in approach,
meaning it didn't have to turn, induc-
ing unwanted loads or forces on the
aircraft," he said.
This was FLTLT Nugent's sec-
ond experience assisting in a mid-air
emergency while posted to the Aircraft
Research and Development Unit. On
August 31, 2010, he was one of two
aircraft and four aircrew who assisted
a light aircraft forced to perform a
crash landing near Renmark airfield
after it developed engine trouble and
the pilot realised he would not make
ELEMENT OF CHANCE: SQNLDR Steve Bekker, left, and FLTLT Pete Nugent.
Photo: LACW Nicci Freeman
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