VH-RPZ Cessna U206A Super
Hobbs & Walters
Aviation operated out of Perth's Jandakot Airport in the
1970s. Geoff Goodall's
shot above was taken at that locale in January of 1971. The
aircraft had come in new in March 1966
to local Cessna dealers Simpson Aviation.
It then had a series of WA owners before moving to
Victoria and leading an
eventful career as a parachuting platform at Pakenham, near
4 January 1987 two parachutists were preparing to jump when the
reserve chute of the lead jumper
inadvertently deployed. Both parachutists
were ejected from the aircraft and the lead female jumper
tailplane, severing it from the fuselage. Under the resultant
asymmetrical control the pilot was
forced to eject (at 500 feet) and the aircraft plunged to the ground
in a steep nose down attitude.
Fortunately the parachutist who had hit the
tailplane regained consciousness sufficiently to allow her
to deploy her main chute
and thus survived the ordeal.