Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 402, VH-WLC, south east of Gove Aero, NT, 22 December 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 1257 hours GST on 22nd December, 1969, a Cessna 402 aircraft, registered VH-WLC, crashed and caught fire when it struck trees shortly after taking off from Gove, Northern Territory. The pilot, and three passengers, were killed in the accident. A fourth passenger, survived the impact but died soon after he was rescued on 24th December, 1969.
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General details
Date: 22 December 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1257 CST    
Location: South east of Gove    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 March 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 402  
Aircraft registration VH-WLC  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Gove  
Departure time 1257  
Destination Darwin  
Last update 13 May 2014