Mirage And Skyhawk Mid-Air Collision

Wednesday, 30th March 1983

A RSAF Skyhawk A-4S and an Australian RAAF Mirage III-OA A3-69 plane collided in mid-air over a vilage at Tengah. The RAAF Mirage was approaching Tengah Air Base runway 36 in a straight descending path after being cleared by Tengah's air traffic control when it is involved m a collision with the RSAF Skyhawk about 100 metres above ground. The Sky hawk was flying the final leg of a landing pattern. The pilot RSAF pilot involved in crash was identified as Lt Foo Siew Ngan of the 143 Squadron at Tengah Air Base was in good condition. The Australian pilot was Flight Lieutenant John O'Halloran, a 25-year-old bachelor from Brisbane was killed in the accident.

Update: Flt. Lt. John O'Halloran ejected safely ejected at 400 ft and 190 kts with only minor injuries. One civilian on ground killed. Reference: http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/country-by-country/australia.htm

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