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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 De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Orroroo: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 20, 1989 at 1222 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-IDD
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Orroroo - Orroroo
MSN:
1532
YOM:
1963
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft had been delayed in servicing and repair and had only been released six weeks prior to the accident. This delay had caused the operator/pilot to fall behind in his commitments and, according to some witnesses, caused him to worry about the situation. On the day of the accident, the pilot had just completed spraying a 243 hectare paddock and had landed to reload. After take-off for the new task, the pilot was seen to make an aerial inspection of the paddock before entering the first swath run. At the end of this run, the aircraft collided with a Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) powerline and crashed. It was later shown that the aircraft was in a bank to the right of about 18 degrees. The SWER line ran across one end of the paddock at an angle and on the crop side of a windmill just inside the fence which bordered the road. The line contacted the right maingear and outboard sprayboom attachment struts on the right wing. The wire broke after impact but the aircraft hit the ground heavily on the right main gear. The gear detached from the aircraft, the propeller struck the ground and the aircraft slewed around as it came to rest after some 27 metres of ground travel. The front half of the aircraft was destroyed by fire which broke out almost immediately the aircraft stopped. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Two main hypothesis were proposed. One was that the pilot was distracted from a less than demanding task by business worries. The other was that the pilot had perceived that the SWER line was on the right of the windmill and outside the fence and therefore did not present an obstacle to his procedure turn. Neither hypothesis could be substantiated. An additional concern was the fact that the pilot had died from impact injuries in an accident that, prima facie, was survivable. Concern focused on whether the pilot had secured his harness properly and/or whether the inertia reel had failed. Detailed engineering inspection of the inertia reel by the Bureau and the manufacturer could not positively determine the mode of operation of the inertia reel. However, the post mortem report showed that the nature of injuries to the pilot, while sufficient to cause death prior to the fire, were such as to indicate that the inertia reel had probably not failed. The pilot did not see the powerline in time to avoid a collision.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-35-DK at Edinburgh AFB

Date & Time: Oct 17, 1986
Operator:
Registration:
A65-114
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
16712/33460
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Just after liftoff, both engines failed simultaneously. The aircraft stalled and hit the runway surface. On impact, the left main gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest. There were no casualties but the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair and later transferred to the South Australian Aviation Museum in Port Adelaide.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Partenavia P.68B Victor near Adelaide: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 9, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-YIH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
134
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in an open field located about 80 km south of Adelaide and burnt. Both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Moomba: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 15, 1983 at 1140 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-DVX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Adelaide – Moomba – Dullingari
MSN:
31-7405425
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged on a charter flight from Adelaide to Moomba and Dullingari. The flight from Adelaide to Moomba was without incident and after landing the pilot parked the aircraft adjacent to the refuelling cabinets. He then assisted the passengers from the aircraft and removed baggage from the nose locker. During this period a conversation took place between the pilot and the aircraft refueller. The exact content of that conversation could not positively be determined but it appears that the pilot did not specify the type of fuel to be placed in the aircraft, only which tanks were to be fuelled. As the refueller was fuelling the aircraft, the pilot accompanied his passengers to the airport terminal. When the fuelling was completed the pilot returned, with his passengers, to the aircraft. He signed the fuel release note which showed that 263 litres of Jet A-1 (Aviation turbine fuel) had been supplied, then completed a check of the aircraft's fuel tanks to ensure no water was present in the fuel. The pilot reported that the fuel sample taken was free of water and appeared to him to be the normal fuel used by the PA-31 aircraft, AVGAS (Aviation Gasoline). The pilot and the passengers then boarded the aircraft, the engines were started and the aircraft taxied for a DEPARTURE on runway 12. During the taxiing phase the pilot completed the pre-take-off checks, these including a check that the temperatures and pressure relevant to the operation of the engine were within limits. The pilot subsequently advised that the take-off was normal and after the landing gear was raised, engine power was reduced to the standard settings for the climb. However, at about 500 feet above ground level the pilot sensed a loss of performance and noted that the indicated airspeed was 115 knots, 5 knots lower than normal. He then noticed a further decay in airspeed, accompanied by the onset of engine surging and rough running. He was unable to diagnose the cause of the loss of performance and commenced a turn back towards the aerodrome. Shortly after entering the turn the right hand engine began to misfire and feathering action was initiated for the propeller. At about this time the indicated airspeed had reduced to 85 knots, the aircraft had developed a high rate of sink and the pilot realised that impact with the ground was imminent. The aircraft initially struck the ground with the right wing, then the nose section before the fuselage made heavy contact in a flat attitude, sliding about 45 metres before coming to rest. The aircraft caught fire during the impact sequence and was completely burnt out. The pilot and two of the passengers escaped from the wreckage but attempts to assist the third passenger were thwarted by the fire.
Probable cause:
The investigation established that JET-A1 fuel had been added to the fuel tanks of VH-DVX, and of the total fuel in the tank approximately 68 percent was JET-A1 fuel. The type of engine fitted to VH-DVX is not compatible with the use of JET-A1 fuel.
Final Report:

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
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.