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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 03 March 1971 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 13 May 2014