Crash of a Lockheed L-414 Hudson I into Bass Strait: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 6, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A16-32
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sale - Sale
MSN:
414-1883
YOM:
1940
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft took off at 1944LT to carry out practice DR9. This practice was a night flight from Base-Flinders-Currie-Hogan Group-Base. The aircraft was on wireless silence and failed to return. The maximum endurance of the aircraft was 7 hours. The aircraft failed to return and all searches have proved negative.
Crew:
P/O John James Bowman, pilot,
P/O Alan Joseph Malone, navigator,
P/O Harry Robert Alfred Guymer, wireless operator and air gunner,
P/O Alexander Frederick McDonald, wireless operator and air gunner,
P/O John Alexander Buchanan, air gunner.
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Crash of a Martin B-26 Marauder in Australia

Date & Time: Sep 30, 1942 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
40-1403
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1403
YOM:
1940
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful mission and landing, crew evacuate the runway to rich his parking place. While rolling on taxiway, aircraft became uncontrollable, run down an embankment and came to rest in a ravine. All eight crew were uninjured as the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Lockheed 18-40-11 LodeStar off Queensland: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 14, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-CAD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Townsville – Cooktown
MSN:
2109
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from Townsville to Cooktownn when the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances into the sea off Queensland. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was ever found.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide into the Bass Strait: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 29, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UXZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Melbourne - Flinders Island
MSN:
6365
YOM:
1937
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft christened 'Marika' was performing a schedule flight from Melbourne to the Flinders Island. En route, while cruising over the Bass Strait, an engine failed. The pilot attempted to ditch the aircraft that crashed into the sea and was lost. SAR operations were suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the occupant was found. An engine was eventually found fifty years later.
Probable cause:
Engine failure may be caused by fuel starvation.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60M Moth in Australia

Date & Time: Nov 24, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A7-68
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1361
YOM:
1929
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances somewhere in Australia. Both pilots were injured while the aircraft was destroyed.
Crew:
P. McDonough, instructor pilot,
J. Costello, student pilot.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.86 in Bass Strait: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 2, 1935 at 0955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-URT
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sydney – Melbourne – Launceston – Hobart
MSN:
2312
YOM:
1935
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While cruising over Bass Strait, between Tasmania and Australia, the four engine aircraft christened 'Loina' went out of control and crashed into the sea, some 3 km off Flinders Island. All five occupants were killed.
Crew:
Arthur Evans, pilot,
Maxwell Brown, copilot.
Passengers:
G. S. Anderson,
G. Garlick,
Edward Best.
Probable cause:
It was determined that VH-URT had gone into an uncontrollable spin, and three possible precipitating factors were: a loss of control after a power plant failure, the fouling of the tail surfaces while the trailing aerial was being reeled in or a structural failure. There was also evidence of a small fire in the rear of its cabin, which may have occurred before the crash, but this probably did not factor in the accident. And in view of two fatal accidents and other difficulties with the type, Australia would subsequently suspend the certificate of airworthiness of the De Havilland 86.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.86 in Bass Strait: 11 killed

Date & Time: Oct 19, 1934
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-URN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Launceston – Melbourne
MSN:
2301
YOM:
1934
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
While overflying Bass Strait, the four engine aircraft christened 'Miss Hobart' crashed in unknown circumstances some 10 miles off the coast of the Wilsons Promontory National Park. SAR teams found some debris and oil leak at the surface of water a day later but no trace of the occupants was ever found. Captain V. Holyman, who was among the missing, was the pilot and co-founder of the airliner.
Probable cause:
The cause of the crash could not be determined. However, one of the recommendations made by the accident investigative commission was to prohibit the changing of pilots in an aircraft while in flight, since one theory into the disappearance of VH-URN pointed to a loss of control resulting from such action by the crew.