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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 20 September 1972 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Technical 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 13 May 2014