Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air B200 in Melbourne: 5 killed

Date & Time: Feb 21, 2017 at 0859 LT
Registration:
VH-ZCR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Melbourne - King Island
MSN:
BB-1544
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Melbourne-Essendon Airport runway 17, while in initial climb, the pilot encountered technical problems and declared an emergency. The twin engine aircraft then banked left and crashed in flames onto a shopping mall located near the airport. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all five occupants have been killed. Apparently, an engine failed during initial climb, forcing the crew to return.

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 Pacific Aerospace Falcon 3000XL near Tiniroto: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 2016 at 0900 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-JPU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
117
YOM:
2004
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While flying at low height northwest of Tiniroto, the single engine airplane hit power cables and crashed in a wooded area. Both occupants were killed. Power between Wairoa and Gisborne was cut. The aircraft was a PAC750XL model built in 2004, modified in 2011 and renamed Pacific Aerospace Falcon 3000XL.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander in Kiunga: 12 killed

Date & Time: Apr 13, 2016 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-SBC
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Oksapmin – Kiunga
MSN:
3010
YOM:
1983
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Captain / Total flying hours:
4705
Captain / Total hours on type:
254.00
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Oksapmin at 1356LT for a short VFR flight to Kiunga. On final approach, the aircraft pitched up, almost vertically, banked right, stalled and crashed in a wooded area located 1,200 meters short of runway 07 threshold. Two passengers were seriously injured while ten other occupants were killed. Unfortunately, both survivors died from their injuries few hours later. At the time of the loss of control, it is reported that the right propeller was feathered. The below document is a preliminary report from the AIC of PNG.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan I in Whitsunday Island

Date & Time: Jan 28, 2016 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-WTY
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hamilton Island - Whitsunday Island
MSN:
208-0522
YOM:
2010
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine float equipped aircraft left the harbor of Hamilton Island on a local flight to the neighboring island of Whitsunday with a pilot and 10 tourists on board. The approach to the Chance Bay was tricky with rough sea. Upon landing, the seaplane bounced several times and then continued over the beach. It eventually went into a wooded area, cut several trees and came to rest in a forest. Six occupants were injured while five others were unhurt. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL in Taupo Lake

Date & Time: Jan 7, 2015 at 1215 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-SDT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Taupo - Taupo
MSN:
122
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While cruising at a height of some 5,000 feet, the pilot encountered problems with the engine. The 12 skydivers and the pilot abandoned the aircraft and bailed out. All 13 occupants were safe while the aircraft crashed into the Taupo Lake and was destroyed.

Crash of a PAC Fletcher FU-24-954 in Mount Linton

Date & Time: Nov 14, 2014 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-EMN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
265
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot was engaged in an agricultural spraying mission on this FU-24-954. The single engine aircraft hit the terrain in Mount Linton, near Ohai. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and the pilot, sole aboard, was seriously injured.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 In Mount Lawes: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 20, 2014 at 0945 LT
Operator:
Registration:
P2-KSF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Woitape - Port Moresby
MSN:
528
YOM:
1977
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While approaching Port Moresby Airport, the twin engine aircraft was too low for unknown reason, hit tree tops and crashed inverted in a dense wooded area located near Mount Lawes, some 12 km north of the Port Moresby-Jacksons International Airport. Both pilots (among them an Australian citizen) and a passenger were killed, while all six other occupants were injured. The aircraft was totally destroyed. A day later, a second passenger died from his injuries.

Crash of a Pacific Aerospace PAC-750XTOL in Gulgubip

Date & Time: Jul 19, 2014
Registration:
P2-RNB
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kiunga – Gulgubip
MSN:
XL190
YOM:
2013
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2930
Captain / Total hours on type:
1900.00
Aircraft flight hours:
143
Circumstances:
A Pacific Aerospace PAC P-750 XTOL single engine aircraft was chartered to transport store goods and five passengers from Kiunga to Gulgubip. Although Gulgubip is in mountainous terrain and the weather in the area is often poor, the pilot was tasked to fly there without ever having been to Gulgubip before. The terrain to the north north east of Gulgubip rises gradually behind the airstrip. Visual illusions which may affect the pilot’s perception of height and distance can be associated with airstrips situated in terrain of this kind. On arrival at Gulgubip, the pilot orbited and positioned the aircraft for landing. During the final approach he decided to discontinue the approach and go-around. The aircraft impacted terrain approximately 3 km north west of the airstrip and was substantially damaged. The six passengers were unhurt but the pilot sustained serious injuries. The pilot was treated in Gulgubip following the accident, and was airlifted the next day to Tabubil, where he was admitted to hospital.
Final Report:

Crash of a PAC Cresco 08-600 in Otane

Date & Time: Feb 4, 2014 at 0600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-LTE
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Otane - Otane
MSN:
029
YOM:
0
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot and the passenger were involved in a top dressing mission in the region of Otane, south of Hastings, New Zealand. On final approach, aircraft seemed to be too low and hit tree tops before crashing nose down in a prairie. Both occupants were seriously injured while the aircraft was partially destroyed. It was dark at the time of the accident as the sunrise was computed at 0639LT.