Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 65-80 Queenair Aircraft VH-CMI near Alice Springs, 20 January 1972

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 0745 hours Central Standard Time on 20 January 1972, there was an in-flight fire in a Beech 65-80 Queenair aircraft, registered VH-CMI, which resulted in the separation of the starboard engine and the starboard outer wing. The aircraft subsequently struck the ground some seven miles south-west of Alice Springs Airport in the Northern Territory. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was engaged in operating a charter flight for the purpose of carrying passengers, mail and freight from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock. The aircraft was destroyed by fire and impact forces and the pilot and the six passengers were killed.

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General details
Date: 20 January 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0745 CST    
Location: Alice Springs    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 20 September 1972   Occurrence category: Technical  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 65  
Aircraft registration VH-CMI  
Serial number LD-12  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Alice Springs  
Destination Ayers Rock  
Last update 13 May 2014