Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft D95A Travelair, VH-AEM, Wanna Station, Mount Augustus, WA, 31 May 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft departed Carnarvon at 1658 WST with an estimated time interval of 67 minutes to Wanna Station and a total endurance of 220 minutes. Last light at Carnarvon was 1807 WST and the pilot based his flight plan on that time which gave a margin of two minutes from estimated time of arrival to last light. Last light at Wanna, which is some 168 miles east north east of Carnarvon was in fact 1801 WST, four minutes before the estimated arrival time. Actual arrival over Wanna was made at 1807 WST and after twice overflying the area, the pilot made an approach to the airstrip, which was without lighting. The aircraft landing lights were used, but the pilot overshot the threshold of the strip and touch down was not effected until within 730 feet of the far end of the 3,500 feet long landing area. The pilot was unable to stop the aircraft in the available length remaining and, when the end of the strip was reached, the aircraft collided with a tree.

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General details
Date: 31 May 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1810 WST    
Location: Wanna Station, Mount Augustus    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 12 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-AEM  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Carnarvon  
Departure time 1658  
Destination Wanna Station  
Last update 13 May 2014