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New South Wales

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver off Cottage Point: 6 killed

Date & Time: Dec 31, 2017 at 1515 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-NOO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
1535
YOM:
1963
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The single engine seaplane was returning to the Rose Bay seaplane base at Sydney when it crashed in unknown circumstances into the Jerusalem Bay, about 30 km north of its destination. The airplane struck the water surface and sank rapidly off Cottage Point. All six occupants were killed.

Crash of a Gippsland GA-8 Airvan in Orange

Date & Time: Jul 6, 2010 at 1745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-YBH
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Parkes - Orange
MSN:
GA8-08-131
YOM:
2008
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Pilot was performing a cargo flight from Parkes to Orange, New South Wales. On final approach, single engine aircraft was too low and hit the roof of a metal hangar located near the runway threshold. Aircraft stalled, hit the runway surface and lost its nose gear. It veered off runway and eventually collided with a metal hangar under construction. While the pilot was injured, the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the pilot.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Bankstown: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 15, 2010 at 0805 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-PGW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bankstown - Brisbane - Albury
MSN:
31-8414036
YOM:
1984
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2435
Captain / Total hours on type:
779.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6266
Circumstances:
Twin engine aircraft, with a pilot and a flight nurse on board, was being operated by Skymaster Air Services under the instrument flight rules (IFR) on a flight from Bankstown Airport, New South Wales (NSW) to Archerfield Airport, Queensland. The aircraft was being positioned to Archerfield for a medical patient transfer flight from Archerfield to Albury, NSW. The aircraft departed Bankstown at 0740 Eastern Standard Time. At 0752, the pilot reported to air traffic control (ATC) that he was turning the aircraft around as he was having ‘a few problems. At about 0806, the aircraft collided with a powerline support pole located on the eastern side of the intersection of Sackville Street and Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale, NSW. The pilot and flight nurse sustained fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed by impact damage and a post-impact fire.
Probable cause:
• While the aircraft was climbing to 9,000 ft the right engine sustained a power problem and the pilot subsequently shut down that engine.
• Following the shutdown of the right engine, the aircraft's descent profile was not optimized for one engine inoperative flight.
• The pilot conducted a descent towards Bankstown Airport that was consistent with a normal arrival profile without first verifying that the aircraft was capable of achieving adequate performance with one engine inoperative.
• Following the engine problem, the aircraft's flightpath and the pilot’s communication with air traffic control indicated that the pilot's situation awareness was less than optimal.
• The aircraft collided with a powerline support pole on the eastern side of the intersection of Sackville Street and Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale, about 6 km north-west of Bankstown Airport.
Final Report:

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

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2008 at 2024 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-OPC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Melbourne-Bathurst-Port Macquarie
MSN:
31-7952082
YOM:
1979
Country:
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 Swearingen SA227AC Metro III off Sydney, Australia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 9, 2008 at 2327 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-OZA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sydney-Brisbane
MSN:
AC-600
YOM:
1984
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4873
Captain / Total hours on type:
175.00
Aircraft flight hours:
32339
Aircraft flight cycles:
46710
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff at night, the pilot followed a wrong track outbound for Brisbane. ATC requested the reasons of that route change and the pilot reported minor technical problem. The twin engine aircraft eventually crashed in sea 8 km off Bundeena. The pilot was killed in the accident.
Probable cause:
Contributing safety factors
• It was very likely that the aircraft’s alternating current electrical power system was not energised at any time during the flight.
• It was very likely that the aircraft became airborne without a functioning
primary attitude reference or autopilot that, combined with the added workload
of managing the "slight technical fault", led to pilot spatial disorientation and
subsequent loss of control.Other safety factors
• The pilot’s Metro III endorsement training was not conducted in accordance
with the operator’s approved training and checking manual , with the result that
the pilot’s competence and ultimately, safety of the operation could not be
assured. [Significant safety issue]
• The chief pilot was performing the duties and responsibilities of several key positions in the operator’s organisational structure, increasing the risk of
omissions in the operator’s training and checking requirements.
• The conduct of the flight single-pilot increased the risk of errors of omission,
such as not turning on or noticing the failure of aircraft items and systems, or
complying with directions.

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

Date & Time: Dec 2, 2005 at 1350 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-PYN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Brisbane-Swan Hill
MSN:
31-8252075
YOM:
1982
Country:
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 an Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante in Cootamundra

Date & Time: Jun 25, 2001 at 1021 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-OZG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sydney-Griffith
MSN:
110-241
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6850
Captain / Total hours on type:
253.00

Crash of a Partenavia P.68 in Wagga Wagga: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1998 at 1739 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-IXH
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Corowa-Albury-Wagga Wagga
MSN:
186
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1014
Captain / Total hours on type:
217.00

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Tamworth: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 16, 1995 at 1957 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-NEJ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tamworth-Tamworth
MSN:
AC-629B
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
4132
Captain / Total hours on type:
1393.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1317
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
15105

Crash of a Douglas C-47 in Sydney, Australia

Date & Time: Apr 24, 1994 at 0910 LT
Registration:
VH-EDC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sydney-Norfolk Island-Lord Howe Island
MSN:
12874
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9186
Captain / Total hours on type:
927.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
500
Copilot / Total hours on type:
250
Aircraft flight hours:
40195