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Crash of a Cessna 441 Conquest II in Renmark: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 30, 2017 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-XMJ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Renmark - Adelaide
MSN:
441-0113
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 25 at Renmark Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a desert area located 4 km west of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed. They were performing a training mission (check flight) from Adelaide to Renmark and back.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Mount Gambier: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 10, 2001 at 2336 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-FMN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Adelaide - Mount Gambier - Adelaide
MSN:
BL-0047
YOM:
1982
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
13730
Captain / Total hours on type:
372.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10907

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Whyalla: 8 killed

Date & Time: May 31, 2000 at 1905 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-MZK
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Adelaide - Whyalla
MSN:
31-8152180
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
WW904
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
2211
Captain / Total hours on type:
113.00
Aircraft flight hours:
11837

Crash of a GAF Nomad N24 in Mallala: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 12, 1990 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A18-401
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mallala-Mallala
MSN:
128
YOM:
1982
Flight number:
RAAF401
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
300

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Golden Grove: 8 killed

Date & Time: Jul 13, 1972 at 0748 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-CIZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Adelaide - Moomba
MSN:
31-682
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
2697
Captain / Total hours on type:
987.00
Aircraft flight hours:
857
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Adelaide-Parafield Airport on a charter flight to Moomba, carrying seven passengers and a passenger on behalf of Santos Ltd. At the time of the accident, it as owned and operated by Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd trading as Ansett General Aviation. During initial climb, while flying in clouds at an altitude of 700 feet heading 270°, the twin engine airplane went out of control, entered a left turn and subsequently stuck the ground at high speed in a shallow dive, some 13 miles northeast of Adelaide Airport. The airplane disintegrated on impact and all eight occupants were killed. The accident was not survivable.
Probable cause:
The cause of the accident was that control of the aircraft was lost and recovery was not effected before it struck the ground. The reason for the loss of control and the inability to take effective recovery action has not been determined. Although the aircraft was operating in cloud from a height of about 700 feet after takeoff until it emerged at a height of 300 to 500 feet above the terrain shortly before impact, there is no evidence of any meteorological condition which may have contributed directly to the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior in Ceduna

Date & Time: Mar 17, 1960
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-FMS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1275/SH.50C
YOM:
1942
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing an ambulance flight, carrying two doctors, one patient and two pilots. On touchdown, an undercarriage collapsed. The twin engine airplane swerved on runway before coming to rest. There were no injuries but the airplane was written off.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Campbell Park: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 19, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-RAZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
1050
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while completing a crop spraying mission. Adrian Lee, Chief Pilot of the Company, was killed in the crash.

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 21E in Mallala: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 25, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A81-2
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
12805
YOM:
1946
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While on an IFR training flight from Mallala by day in clear weather, the port mainplane parted from the fuselage. The aircraft crashed into a wheat field 2 miles from the RAAF Station. The three crew members were killed. The crash set the wheat field ablaze and the RAAF Mallala fire crews had to extinguish the the field fire to reach the crash site. The port wing was found 1.5 miles away.
Crew:
F/Lt J. D. Entwhistle,
F/O Leonard Murphy
F/O Donald Shillinglaw.
Source: http://www.goodall.com.au
Probable cause:
RAAF investigation determined that the wing was placed under severe load during a separate training flight on the morning of the accident's day. The morning exercise included recovery from unusual attitudes using only a limited instrument panel. On two occasions the training captain placed the aircraft into a steep diving turn, recovery from which pulled high G force, to the extent a second pilot seated at the Navigator position blacked out. The subsequent investigations traced the problem to fatigue failure in the wing root ends and main spar structure. Bristol produced a modification which was proven successful. Most British and European civil B170s were flown to Western Airways at Weston-super-Mare to have the extensive modification carried out at Bristol expense. Australian B170s had went to Bristol Aviation Services at Bankstown to have their wings removed and the modifications installed.

Crash of a Lockheed 10B Electra in Virginia

Date & Time: May 16, 1946 at 1800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UZP
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1109
YOM:
1937
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Adelaide-Parafield Airport, the crew lost visual contact with the ground due to heavy rain falls. The twin engine aircraft christened 'Ansalanta' hit the ground and came to rest upside down in a field located in Virginia, some 10 km north of Parafield Airport. All 12 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was destroyed.