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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 13 September 1973 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 13 May 2014