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Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard in Perth: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 26, 2017
Type of aircraft: Grumman G-73 Mallard (29747)">
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-CQA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Serpentine - Serpentine
MSN:
J-35
YOM:
1948
Location: Perth (24605)"> Western Australia (16488)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Serpentine Airfield at 1628LT with a pilot and his wife on board. They were performing a demo flight vertical to Perth and the Swan River to take part to the Australian Day celebrations. While cruising at an altitude of about 150 feet, the pilot attempted a turn to the left when the aircraft lost height and crashed in a near vertical attitude into the Swan River. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and both occupants were killed.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.84 Dragon near Gympie: 6 killed

Date & Time: Oct 1, 2012 at 1421 LT
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-UXG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Monto - Caboolture
MSN:
6077
YOM:
1934
Location: Australia (17151)"> All Australia (13577)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
1134
Captain / Total hours on type:
662.00
Circumstances:
At about 1107 Eastern Standard Time on 01OCT2012, a de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd DH-84 Dragon, registered VH-UXG (UXG), took off from Monto on a private flight to Caboolture, Queensland under the visual flight rules (VFR). On board the aircraft were the pilot/owner and five passengers. The weather conditions on departure were reported to include a light south-easterly wind with a high overcast and good visibility. Sometime after about 1230, the aircraft was seen near Tansey, about 150 km north-west of Caboolture on the direct track from Monto to Caboolture. The aircraft was reported flying in a south-easterly direction at the time, at an estimated height of 3,000 ft and in fine but overcast conditions. At 1315, the pilot contacted Brisbane Radar air traffic control (ATC) and advised that the aircraft’s position was about 37 NM (69 km) north of Caboolture and requested navigation assistance. At 1318, the pilot advised ATC that the aircraft was in ‘full cloud’. For most of the remainder of the flight, the pilot and ATC exchanged communications, at times relayed through a commercial flight and a rescue flight in the area due to the limited ATC radio coverage in the area at low altitude. At about 1320, a friend of one of the aircraft’s passengers received a telephone call from the passenger to say that she was in an aircraft and that they were ‘lost in a cloud’ and kept losing altitude. Witnesses in the Borumba Dam, Imbil and Kandanga areas 70 to 80 km north-north-west of Caboolture later reported that they heard and briefly saw the aircraft flying in and out of low cloud between about 1315 and 1415. At 1348, the pilot advised ATC that the aircraft had about an hour’s endurance remaining. The pilot’s last recorded transmission was at 1404. A search for the aircraft was coordinated by Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR). The aircraft wreckage was located on 3 October 2012, about 87 km north-west of Caboolture on the northern side of a steep, densely wooded ridge about 500 m above mean sea level (Figure 1). The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) later determined that the aircraft probably impacted terrain at about 1421 on 01OCT2012. Preliminary analysis indicated that the aircraft collided with trees and terrain at a moderate to high speed, with a left angle of bank. The aircraft’s direction of travel at impact was toward the south-south-west.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Bathurst: 4 killed

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2008 at 2024 LT
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-OPC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Melbourne-Bathurst-Port Macquarie
MSN:
31-7952082
YOM:
1979
Location: Bathurst (17428)"> New South Wales (15414)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2061
Aircraft flight hours:
11000
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft crashed shortly after take off from Bathurst airport, outbound for Port Macquarie. The aircraft hit trees and crashed in an open field located 3 km from airport. All 4 occupants were killed. According ATSB, investigation was unable to establish why the aircraft collided with terrain; however, pilot spatial disorientation or pilot incapacitation could not be discounted.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500 in Clonbinane: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 31, 2007 at 2000 LT
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-YJB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Melbourne-Shepparton
MSN:
500-3299
YOM:
1977
Location: Clonbinane (18753)"> Victoria (16410)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2342
Captain / Total hours on type:
970.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4558
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing a flight from Melbourne to Shepparton, Victoria State. In flight, the pilot lost control of the aircraft which crashed in a dense wooded area located near Clonbinane, 60 km north of Melbourne. Both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Partenavia P.68 in Rottnest Island

Date & Time: Nov 12, 2006 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft: Partenavia P.68 (29732)">
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-IYK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Rottnest Island-Perth
MSN:
138
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

Shortly after takeoff, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a salt lake located near the airport. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact while all occupants escaped with minous injuries.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Condobolin: 4 killed

Date & Time: Dec 2, 2005 at 1350 LT
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-PYN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Brisbane-Swan Hill
MSN:
31-8252075
YOM:
1982
Location: Condobolin (18861)"> New South Wales (15414)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
4600
Captain / Total hours on type:
1000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2900
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was making a private flight from Brisbane to Swan Hill with 2 pilots and 2 pax on board : Mr. Peter Menegazzo and his wife. While cruising at FL097, crew encountered bad weather and decided to modify the route. Few minutes later, the aircraft crashed in an open field located 20 km west of Condobolin, northwest part of Victoria State. The owner of the aircraft, Mr. Menegazzo, was chairman of one of Australia's biggest pastoral ventures - The Stambroke Pastoral Company, with more than 240,000 cattle.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Australia

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2002 at 1404 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 207 Skywagon (30272)">
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-EHL
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cradle Mountain-Cradle Mountain
MSN:
207-0141
YOM:
1970
Location: Australia (17151)"> All Australia (13577)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Australia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 29, 2001 at 1312 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 208 Caravan (29729)">
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-MMV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nagambie-Nagambie
MSN:
208-0003
YOM:
1984
Location: Australia (17151)"> All Australia (13577)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
8576

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Point Lookout, Australia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 15, 1996 at 1300 LT
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-IDI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kotupna-Kotupna
MSN:
1535
YOM:
1963
Location: Point Lookout (24775)"> Queensland (15758)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1400
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00

Crash of a PAC Fletcher FU-24 in Australia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1996 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft: Fletcher FU-24 (30469)">
Operator: Private Australian (32867)">
Registration:
VH-BBG
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
141
YOM:
1968
Location: Australia (17151)"> All Australia (13577)">
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7200
Captain / Total hours on type:
28.00