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At approx 1150 pm (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on Monday 4 September, the ATSB was advised by Air Traffic Control that a Beech King Air on a flight from Perth to Leonora had climbed through it's assigned flight level and continued on a NE heading beyond Leonora. Attempts to contact the pilot by radio were unsuccessful. The aircraft with one pilot and 7 passengers had departed Perth at 6.16 pm (Perth Time). It remained airborne for about 5 hours. Wreckage was located 80 NM SW of Normanton in Queensland.

An initial team of four ATSB investigators is expected to arrive at the site later today.

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