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

Date & Time: Jan 26, 2017
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-CQA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Serpentine - Serpentine
MSN:
J-35
YOM:
1948
Country:
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 Cessna 208 Caravan in Beagle Bay

Date & Time: Jan 14, 2010 at 0645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-NTQ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Broome - Koolan Island
MSN:
208-0635
YOM:
1997
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft was en-route from Broome to Koolan Island, Western Australia (WA) at an altitude of about 9,500 ft, when the pilot noticed a drop in the engine torque indication, with a corresponding drop in the engine oil pressure indication. The pilot diverted to the nearest airstrip, which was Beagle Bay, WA. The pilot shut the engine down when the low oil pressure warning light illuminated and conducted a landing at Beagle Bay airstrip. The aircraft overran the airstrip, coming to rest upside down after impacting a mound of dirt. The aircraft was seriously damaged. The pilot, who was the only occupant, sustained minor injuries.
Probable cause:
From the evidence available it was evident that the engine had a substantial in-flight oil leak, which necessitated the in-flight shut down of the engine and a diversion to the nearest available airstrip. The accident damage to the engine in the area of the apparent oil leak precluded a conclusive finding as to the source of the leak. Although the detailed examination of the oil tube attachment lug fracture surfaces was inconclusive, the oil tube remained the most likely source of the oil leak. Evidence from other oil tube failures indicated that significant vibratory loading can cause the oil tube attachment lugs to fracture in the manner observed in the oil tube fitted to VH-NTQ. There was no evidence that the transfer tube was subjected to vibration from a compressor turbine or power turbine blade failure or of an incorrectly fitted engine mount. There was also no evidence of a pre-accident defect that would have caused a reduction in actual engine torque.
Final Report:

Crash of a Partenavia P.68 in Rottnest Island

Date & Time: Nov 12, 2006 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-IYK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Rottnest Island-Perth
MSN:
138
Country:
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 Cessna 421 Golden Eagle in El Questro, Australia: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 2004 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HB-LRW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
El Questro-Broome
MSN:
421-0633
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2128
Captain / Total hours on type:
975.00
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.

Crash of a Cessna 404 Titan in Jandakot: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 11, 2003 at 1537 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-ANV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jandakot-Jandakot
MSN:
404-0820
YOM:
1981
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
16722
Captain / Total hours on type:
12345.00
Aircraft flight hours:
16819
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing a flight for the Royal Australian Navy with specialist on board. After takeoff from runway 24, while climbing at 100 feet, the pilot informed ATC about a right engine failure. Immediately, the pilot received the authorization to return to the airport but few minutes later, the aircraft crashed in a wooded area located 300 meters short of runway 12. A passenger died on the crash site while a second passenger died 85 days later. All other occupants were seriously injured.

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Cocos Islands: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 16, 1999 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-XFF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ile Horn-Ile Coconut
MSN:
0763
YOM:
1975
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
2540
Captain / Total hours on type:
197.00
Aircraft flight cycles:
16775

Crash of a Lockheed P-3 Orion in Cocos Islands: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 26, 1991 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A9-754
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
185-5662
YOM:
1978
Flight number:
RAAF754
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Derby, Australia

Date & Time: May 15, 1989 at 1350 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-BSN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cockatoo Island-Derby
MSN:
3005
YOM:
1982
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise in Leonora: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 16, 1988 at 1015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-BBA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bellevue-Leinster-Kalgoorlie
MSN:
0782
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Captain / Total flying hours:
6249
Captain / Total hours on type:
134.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2827