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ACT pilot dies in warbird accident

By 2 June 2008 7

The canberra Times is reporting that local businessman Graeme Camage was killed instantly when the plane he was flying crashed at Moruya on the state’s South Coast on Saturday afternoon. He was flying a Nanchang CJ-6, a Chinese-built single-engined plane used by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force to train its pilots since 1960.

Mr Camage had been importing the aircraft since 1990.

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7 Responses to ACT pilot dies in warbird accident
#1
GottaLoveCanberra5:13 pm, 02 Jun 08

These look like the ones that flew over Skyfire this year. A few of the passes then had me worried, especially going over the crowd.

#2
Thumper5:33 pm, 02 Jun 08

I’ve always wanted to go for a spin in one.

I guess I can’t now…

#3
Headbonius7:26 pm, 02 Jun 08

Flyng war planes is a dangerous business. A sad loss but to be expected in conductin high risk recreational pursuits.

#4
niftydog10:31 am, 03 Jun 08

GottaLoveCanberra said :

These look like the ones that flew over Skyfire this year.

They are the ones, in fact Graeme was one of the pilots.

Thumper said :

I’ve always wanted to go for a spin in one.

I’d say you will still have the opportunity in the future to fly in a Nanchang – and it comes highly recommended.

Graeme was truly a unique and extraordinary man who touched the lives of many people in this region. He will be sorely missed.

#5
Crikey2:48 pm, 03 Jun 08

I knew Graeme years ago when I was in a different career. He was a businessman in Fyshwick (Climatrol. He was a very nice person with a big heart.

A very sad loss for the local community.

#6
ant5:08 pm, 03 Jun 08

Thank god no one’s come out with that horrible chestnut “at least he died doing what he loved”.

Sounds like a bloke who got out there and really lived, and it’s sad that he’s gone way too early.

#7
Karabar9:27 pm, 03 Jun 08

Graeme was a great guy and a great pilot.I was priveliged to know him for quite a while and I did Aero’s with him in the first Nanchang imports.He was very generous man who stuck it to the government when required and fought often for the little man. He will be sorely missed.
you can still fly in a Nanchang with Duncs through http://www.greenmachineadventureflights.com.au/

He was a really good bloke who said that “you know what, people tell so much bullshit in Eulogies the biggest pricks become saints, I hate that”. A real character.

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