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Last night, 31st May 2000, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) was notified that the crew of a Piper Navajo Chieftain, registered VH-MZK, enroute Adelaide to Whyalla had initiated a distress call indicating engine failure.

Reportedly, there were eight persons on board the aircraft.

A Royal Australian Air Force aircraft in the area initiated an immediate search for the aircraft.

At 6.00am this morning, 1 June 2000, Australian Search and Rescue confirmed with the Bureau that wreckage from the aircraft has been located.

The ATSB has dispatched a team of three investigators specialising in operations, air traffic services and engineering to investigate the occurrence.

Media contact: Peter Saint B: (02) 6274 6590, M: (0408) 497 016
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Last update 01 April 2011