Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 31-310 Navajo Aircraft VH-CIZ at Golden Grove, 13 July 1972

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 0748 hours Central Standard Time on 13 July 1972 a Piper PA31-310 Navajo aircraft, registered VH-CIZ, struck the ground in a shallow dive at Golden Grove in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges some 13 miles north-east of Adelaide Airport, South Australia. The aircraft was engaged in operating a charter flight for the carriage of passengers and freight from Adelaide to Moomba. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and the pilot and seven passengers were killed.

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General details
Date: 13 July 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0748 CST    
Location: Golden Grove    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 20 May 1973   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-31  
Aircraft registration VH-CIZ  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Adelaide, SA  
Destination Moomba, Vic  
Last update 13 May 2014