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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 20 May 1973 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 13 May 2014