Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 402, VH-RIZ, Bell Peak North, Qld, 28 January 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 28th January, 1970 at approximately 2137 hours EST, a Cessna 402 aircraft, registered VH-RIZ, struck trees and crashed to the ground on the western side of Bell Peak North, Queensland. The aircraft crashed in a heavily timbered area and the wreckage was scattered on a mean bearing of 310 degrees magnetic. Examination of the impact marks indicated that the aircraft had been under control in substantially level flight and probably descending at a shallow angle at the time of the accident.
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General details
Date: 28 January 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2137 EST    
Location: Bell Peak North    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 04 February 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-RIZ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Mackay  
Departure time 1949  
Destination Cairns  
Last update 16 May 2014