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Crash of a Cessna 402C in Papa Lealea

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2020
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-TSI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Papa Lealea - Mareeba
MSN:
402C-0492
YOM:
1981
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Papa Lealea, enroute to Mareeba, Australia, the twin engine airplane lost height and crashed in an open field, bursting into flames. The pilot was not found in site and the aircraft was partially destroyed by fire. Later, the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the AFP found 28 bags containing what investigators believe is 500 kilograms of cocaine.

Crash of an Angel Aircraft Corporation Model 44 Angel in Mareeba: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 14, 2019 at 1115 LT
Registration:
VH-IAZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mareeba - Mareeba
MSN:
004
YOM:
2008
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in a cornfield located near the Mareeba Aerodrome. Both occupants aged 73 and 63 were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 500 Citation near Mareeba: 11 killed

Date & Time: May 11, 1990 at 1740 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-ANQ
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Proserpine – Mareeba – Cairns
MSN:
500-0283
YOM:
1975
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Captain / Total flying hours:
14150
Captain / Total hours on type:
1000.00
Circumstances:
Cessna 500 VH-ANQ was operating the Proserpine to Mareeba leg of a charter flight The aircraft departed Proserpine at 16:35 hours. The charter flight had been organised to transport members of five local government authorities from the Cairns/Atherton Tablelands area to a Local Government Association Conference at Airlie Beach, Queensland. The flight plan indicated that the flight would follow Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) with a planned cruising altitude of FL330. The aircraft was planned to track via overhead Townsville then direct to Mareeba with a flight time interval of 68 minutes. The flight apparently continued normally and at 17:26 the aircraft was cleared to descend to FL170 and instructed to call Cairns Approach. On first contact with Cairns Approach, the pilot advised that the aircraft was tracking for Mareeba via the 163 radial at 41 miles (76 kilometres) DME from Biboohra. (There are no radio navigational aids at Mareeba, the nearest aids for tracking and instrument approach purposes are at Biboohra, about 16 kilometres north of Mareeba). The aircraft was advised to maintain FL170 but a short time later was cleared to descend to FL120. The pilot stated that he would not be closing down the engines at Mareeba and that his estimated departure time was 17:50. At 17:35 hours VH-ANQ was cleared to descend to 10,000 feet and one minute later the pilot advised that the aircraft was "approaching over Mareeba and visual". Cairns Approach advised VH-ANQ that there would be a short delay at 10,000 feet and following a request from the pilot gave approval for the aircraft to circle over Mareeba. At 17:40 hours, Cairns Approach instructed the aircraft to descend to 7,000 feet. This transmission, and other subsequent transmissions to the aircraft, went unanswered. The wreckage of VH-ANQ was ultimately located on the eastern slopes of Mt Emerald, 15 kilometres south of Mareeba Airport, by searching helicopters at 0240 hours on 12 May 1990. The aircraft initially impacted the mountainside with the left wingtip, while travelling on a track of about 340 degrees Magnetic. At the time it was in a wings level attitude at an angle of descent of eight degrees. It then struck the ground just below the apex of a ridge and the wreckage spread in a fan shape, at an angle of 30 degrees, along a centreline track of 350 degrees Magnetic.
Probable cause:
This accident was unusual in that the last report by the pilot indicated that the aircraft was at 10,000 feet and on a track that was 55 kilometres to the east of the accident site. There was no substantiated, and very little circumstantial evidence to suggest what caused the aircraft to descend 6,400 feet and to be displaced a considerable distance to the west of track. As a result the causal factors associated with this accident remain undetermined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress off Cooktown

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
41-9235
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mareeba - Mareeba
MSN:
2707
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew left Mareeba Airfield on the night of September 29 to attack the Tonolei harbor in Papua New Guinea. On the way back a day later, while approaching the Australian coast, the captain was forced to ditch the aircraft for unknown reason some 20 miles off Cooktown. The aircraft sunk and was lost while all five crew members took refuge in two life rafts and were rescued two days later.
Crew (19th BG):
Maj Allen Lindbergh, pilot,
1st Lt Joshua A. Barnes, copilot,
2nd Lt Joseph D. Howard, bombardier,
1st Lt Jack A. Ryan, navigator,
Sgt Hilario L. Hernandez, air gunner.

Crash of a Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress near Rabaul: 9 killed

Date & Time: Oct 5, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
41-9196
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mareeba - Port Moresby - Mareeba
MSN:
2668
YOM:
1941
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Mareeba in Queensland and made a fuel stop at Port Moresby-Seven Mile airfield. It then continued to Rabaul on a mission to attack the Vunakanau Airfield. Upon arrival, the bomber was attacked by 11 Japanese Mitsubishi Zero and crashed, killing all nine crew members.
Crew (19th BG):
1st Lt Earl L. Hageman Jr.,
1st Lt Dale E. Hanson,
2nd Lt Angelo P. Bianco,
2nd Lt Wade H. Lowry,
S/Sgt Michael G. Adamow,
Sgt Thomas H. Jack,
Cpl Frank J. Mehock,
Pfc Thomas W. Wilzbacher,
Sgt Frank W. Plunkett, air gunner.
Probable cause:
Shot down by Japanese fighters.

Crash of a Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress in Mareeba

Date & Time: Aug 26, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
41-2621
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mareeba - Mareeba
MSN:
2432
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew left Mareeba Airport at 0400LT on a bombing mission to Milne Bay, PNG. After a successful mission, the crew was returning to his base in Queensland. During the attack over Milne Bay, the aircraft christened 'The Daylight Ltd' was hit by enemy fire and the brakes and flaps were unusable. On touchdown at Mareeba, the right main gear collapsed. The aircraft veered off runway to the right and collided with a tree. While all three crew members were injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Crew (19th BG):
Cpt Kenneth Casper, pilot,
Sgt Arthur L. Richardson, radio operator,
Sgt Penwarden.
Probable cause:
Attacked by enemy fire.