Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150G, VH-KPH, Merimbula-Moruya NSW, 23 January 1973

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 23 January, 1973, a Cessna 150G aircraft registered VH-KPH disappeared whilst on a travel flight from Latrobe Valley, Victoria, to Merimbula, New South Wales and no trace has been found of the aircraft or its occupants. An intense air, sea and land search commenced at first light on the next day and continued until 13 February 1973. Civil and military aircraft involved in the search flew 166 hours and covered an area in excess of 8000 square miles, within which the high probability areas were searched many times. Twenty-five sighting and hearing reports were investigated but no trace was found of the aircraft or its occupants.
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General details
Date: 23 January 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2151 ESuT    
Location: Merimbula-Moruya    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 13 September 1973   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-KPH  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Latrobe Valley  
Departure time 1800  
Destination Merimbula  
Last update 13 May 2014