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

Date & Time: Oct 1, 2012 at 1421 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UXG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Monto - Caboolture
MSN:
6077
YOM:
1934
Country:
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 an IAI-1124 Westwind in Norfolk Island

Date & Time: Nov 18, 2009 at 2156 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-NGA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Apia - Norfolk - Melbourne
MSN:
387
YOM:
1983
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3596
Captain / Total hours on type:
923.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1954
Copilot / Total hours on type:
649
Aircraft flight hours:
21528
Aircraft flight cycles:
11867
Circumstances:
On 18 November 2009, the flight crew of an Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A aircraft, registered VH-NGA, was attempting a night approach and landing at Norfolk Island on an aeromedical flight from Apia, Samoa. On board were the pilot in command and copilot, and a doctor, nurse, patient and one passenger. On arrival, weather conditions prevented the crew from seeing the runway or its visual aids and therefore from landing. The pilot in command elected to ditch the aircraft in the sea before the aircraft’s fuel was exhausted. The aircraft broke in two after ditching. All the occupants escaped from the aircraft and were rescued by boat.
Probable cause:
The pilot in command did not plan the flight in accordance with the existing regulatory and operator requirements, precluding a full understanding and management of the potential hazards affecting the flight. The flight crew did not source the most recent Norfolk Island Airport forecast, or seek and apply other relevant weather and other information at the most relevant stage of the flight to fully inform their decision of whether to continue the flight to the island, or to divert to another destination. The flight crew’s delayed awareness of the deteriorating weather at Norfolk Island combined with incomplete flight planning to influence the decision to continue to the island, rather than divert to a suitable alternate.

Final Report:

Crash of a Gippsland GA8 Airvan in Australia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 16, 2008 at 0945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-WRT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Elcho Island-Mata Mata-Muthamul-Nyinyikay-Rurruwuy-Elcho Island
MSN:
GA8-05-005
YOM:
2001
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1300
Captain / Total hours on type:
300.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4750
Circumstances:
While cruising at 4,500 feet over Buckingham Bay, the aircraft lost altitude and crashed. Some debris were found the day after but not the pilot who is believed to die.
Probable cause:
Following a review of the available evidence covering:
• witness information,
• the pilot's fatigue and health,
• the airworthiness of the aircraft,
• aircraft fuel,
• the weather affecting the flight, and
• the aircraft’s loading and weight and balance,
the investigation was unable to identify any factors that may have contributed to the accident.
From the evidence available, the following findings are made with respect to the missing aircraft at Buckingham Bay, Northern Territory on 16 October 2008 involving Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan aircraft, registered VH-WRT. They should not be read as apportioning blame or liability to any organisation or individual.
No contributing safety factors were identified.
Other safety factors:
• The main vertical net and the throwover net were not used to restrain the cargo.
• The full jerry cans were not secured in the aircraft cabin.
• At the time of departure, the aircraft’s centre of gravity (c.g) was probably to the rear of the permitted c.g limit that was published in the Aircraft Flight Manual.
• There was no record that the pilot lodged a flight notification for the flight with Airservices Australia.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Australia

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2002 at 1404 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-EHL
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cradle Mountain-Cradle Mountain
MSN:
207-0141
YOM:
1970
Country:
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:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-MMV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nagambie-Nagambie
MSN:
208-0003
YOM:
1984
Country:
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 Britten-Norman Islander in Australia

Date & Time: Apr 7, 1996 at 2138 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-HIA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Moreton Island-Coolangatta
MSN:
0415
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 690 in Australia: 9 killed

Date & Time: Oct 2, 1994 at 1250 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-SVQ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sydney-Newcatle-Lord Howe Island
MSN:
690-11380
YOM:
1977
Flight number:
CD111
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
2915
Captain / Total hours on type:
60.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6014