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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 Rockwell Aero Commander 500S off Horn Island: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 24, 2011 at 0800 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-WZU
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cairns - Horn Island
MSN:
3060
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4154
Captain / Total hours on type:
209.00
Aircraft flight hours:
17545
Circumstances:
At 0445 Eastern Standard Time on 24 February 2011, the pilot of an Aero Commander 500S, registered VH-WZU, commenced a freight charter flight from Cairns to Horn Island, Queensland under the instrument flight rules. The aircraft arrived in the Horn Island area at about 0720 and the pilot advised air traffic control that he intended holding east of the island due to low cloud and rain. At about 0750 he advised pilots in the area that he was north of Horn Island and was intending to commence a visual approach. When the aircraft did not arrive a search was commenced but the pilot and aircraft were not found. On about 10 October 2011, the wreckage was located on the seabed about 26 km north-north-west of Horn Island.
Probable cause:
The ATSB found that the aircraft had not broken up in flight and that it impacted the water at a relatively low speed and a near wings-level attitude, consistent with it being under control at impact. It is likely that the pilot encountered rain and reduced visibility when manoeuvring to commence a visual approach. However, there was insufficient evidence available to determine why the aircraft impacted the water.
Several aspects of the flight increased risk. The pilot had less than 4 hours sleep during the night before the flight and the operator did not have any procedures or guidance in place to minimize the fatigue risk associated with early starts. In addition, the pilot, who was also the operator’s chief pilot, had either not met the recency requirements or did not have an endorsement to conduct the types of instrument approaches available at Horn Island and several other locations frequently used by the operator.
Final Report:

Crash of a Pacific Aerospace FU-24A-954 Fletcher in Wynella Station: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2010 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-FNM
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Wynella Station - Wynella Station
MSN:
263
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
5815
Circumstances:
On 20 December 2010, the owner/pilot of a Pacific Aerospace Corporation FU-24-954 Fletcher aircraft, registered VH-FNM, was conducting aerial spreading of urea fertilizer at Wynella Station; a property 40 km south-south-west of Dirranbandi, Queensland. At about 1650 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot was returning to the landing strip after the completion of an application run. The aircraft impacted the terrain, and the pilot was fatally injured.
Probable cause:
Examination of the accident site indicated that the aircraft’s engine was delivering power at the time of impact. Wreckage examination did not reveal evidence of any defect or mechanical failure that would have contributed to the event. Although the post-mortem report on the pilot noted that he had significant coronary atherosclerosis, there was insufficient information available to determine whether pilot incapacitation was involved in the accident. The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation
operations.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Mount Isa

Date & Time: Jul 17, 2008 at 0915 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-IHR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Century Mine - Mount Isa
MSN:
31-8012077
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
469
Captain / Total hours on type:
30.00
Circumstances:
On 17 July 2008, at approximately 0915 Eastern Standard Time1, the pilot of a Piper Navajo PA-31 aircraft, registered VH-IHR, was en route from Century Mine, Qld to Mt Isa, Qld when the left engine lost power. The pilot transmitted an urgency broadcast (PAN) to air traffic control (ATC). A short time later, the right engine also lost power. The pilot then transmitted a distress signal (MAYDAY) to ATC stating his intention to carry out an off-field emergency landing. The aircraft impacted terrain 22 km north of Mt Isa, about 4 km from the Barkly Highway, in relatively flat, sparsely wooded bushland (Figure 1). The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries.
Probable cause:
From the evidence available, the following findings are made with respect to the fuel starvation event and should not be read as apportioning blame or liability to any particular organisation or individual.
- The pilot did not monitor outboard fuel tank quantity during the flight.
- The pilot incorrectly diagnosed the engine power losses.
- The aircraft was not in the correct configuration for the forced landing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Gladstone: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 31, 2006 at 1855 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-ZGZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Emerald-Gladstone
MSN:
31-7752006
YOM:
1977
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
3900
Captain / Total hours on type:
70.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3977
Circumstances:

The aircraft started its descend to Gladstone airport in bad weather conditions. Suddenly, it dove into the ground and crashed 5 km south of Raglan, 50 km north of Gladstone. All 3 occupants were killed. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were bad with thunderstorm activity.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Lockhart River: 15 killed

Date & Time: May 7, 2005 at 1144 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-TFU
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bamaga-Lockhart River-Cairns
MSN:
DC-818B
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
HC675
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Captain / Total flying hours:
6071
Captain / Total hours on type:
3248.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
655
Copilot / Total hours on type:
150
Aircraft flight hours:
26877
Aircraft flight cycles:
28529
Circumstances:

On final approach to Lockhart River, the crew informed ATC that all was ok on board. Few seconds later, the aircraft crashed in a wooded area in the Iron Range mountains, 11 km short of runway 12. All occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Cairns

Date & Time: Feb 8, 2004 at 1610 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-CYC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cairns-Cairns
MSN:
208-0108
YOM:
1986
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5333
Captain / Total hours on type:
211.00
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft crashed into the sea between Green Island and Cairns. Both pilots were performing a training flight from Cairns and were rescued by a ship's crew. The aircraft was destroyed and sunk. Crew misused the emergency power levers.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Whitsunday Island

Date & Time: Mar 6, 2003 at 1615 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-AQV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hamilton Island-Whitsunday Island
MSN:
1257
YOM:
1958
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1757
Captain / Total hours on type:
50.00
Circumstances:
The pilot was conducting a charter positioning flight from Hamilton Island Marina to Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island. At approximately 1615LT, pilot was landing the aircraft towards the south, about 600 metres off the beach, to avoid mechanical turbulence associated with terrain at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. He reported that the approach and flare were normal, however, as the aircraft touched down on the right float, the aircraft swung sharply right and then sharply left. The left wing contacted the water, and the aircraft overturned. The pilot exited the upturned aircraft through the left rear passenger door and activated a 121.5 MHz distress beacon.
Probable cause:
The wind strength and sea state at the time of the occurrence were not ideal for floatplane operations, particularly given the pilot's relative lack of experience in open water operations. In comparison, it was unlikely the non-standard floats contributed significantly to the development of the accident. The loss of directional control suggests a lower than ideal pitch attitude at touchdown, a configuration which reduces a floatplane's directional stability. The pilot's use of a distress beacon for search and rescue purposes was appropriate, however the timeliness of his rescue from the upturned aircraft can be attributed to the effectiveness of the company's flight monitoring system and subsequent search and rescue actions.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 90 in Toowoomba: 4 killed

Date & Time: Nov 27, 2001 at 0837 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-LQH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Toowoomba-Goondiwindi
MSN:
LJ-0644
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
3693
Captain / Total hours on type:
385.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6931

Crash of a Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S in Cairns: 4 killed

Date & Time: Apr 10, 2001 at 0725 LT
Registration:
VH-UJB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Cairns-Hicks Island
MSN:
500-3152
YOM:
1973
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
9680
Captain / Total hours on type:
2402.00