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TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1979. NO. 12/79

NAVY JET CRASHES

The pilot of a Navy Skyhawk" jet aircraft

parachuted to safety when his aircraft crashed in

mountainous country near the small mining township of

Araluen, near Braidwood, in southern NSW about

4pm today. .

The pilot, Sub Lieutenant Colin Tomlinson, 28,

of Nowra, NSW, was not injured.

Sub Lieutenant Tomlinson, and another Skyhawk,

piloted by the commanding officer of 805 Squadron, Lieutenant

Commander E.M. Kavanagh, were on a training flight from the

Naval Air Station at Nowra on the NSW South Coast,

LCDR Kavanagh remained in the area, after Sub

Lieutenant Tomlinson ejected from his aircraft. He guided

a RAAF helicopter from 5 Squadron, Fairbairn, ACT, which

was operating nearby, to the scene.

The helicopter pilot reported that Sub Lieutenant

Tomlinson, appeared to be uninjured.

Another RAAF helicopter, with a doctor aboard,

took off from RAAF Fairbairn to pick up Sub Lieutenant

Tomlinson shortly after news of the crash was received.

The rescue helicopter flew Sub Lieutenant

Tomlinson back to his home base at Nowra.

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The wreckage of the crashed aircraft was located

about 24km south east of Braidwood late this afternoon.

The RAN has instituted an inquiry into the cause

of the crash.

The Skyhawk is a single engine fighter/ground

attack aircraft which normally operates from the aircraft

carrier, HMAS Melbourne.

The RAN acquired 20 Skyhawks from the U.S. between

1967 and 1971 at a cost of about $lm each.

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Further Inquiries: Mr Noel Tanswell 65 2999 (office hours)

48 0476 (after hours)