Date & Time: Aug 30, 2004 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle
Operator:
Registration:
HB-LRW
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Delivery
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
El Questro-Broome
MSN:
421-0633
YOM:
1974
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2128
Captain / Total hours on type:
975
Aircraft flight hours:
3254
Circumstances:
Aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from El Questro Aeroplane Landing Area, Western Australia. Both occupants, British citizens, left the Swiss airport of La Chaux-de-Fonds (LSGC) during spring 2004 for a trip to Australia via Malta, Cyprus, Dubai, Oman, Iran, Thailand and Indonesia. After takeoff from runway 32, the aircraft turn sharply to the left before crashing in a wooded area located 888 meters after the runway end. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:

For reasons that could not be determined, the aircraft commenced a slight left angle of bank and drifted left after lift-off at a height from which the pilot was unable to recover prior to strinking trees to the left of the runway". The pilot, aged 60, accumulated 2,128 flying hours within 975 on type. The aircraft, built in 1979, totalised approximately 3,254 flying hours.