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On the afternoon of 27 October 1973 Fokker P27 Series 400 aircraft registered VH-TFM, operated by Trails-Australia Airlines was engaged on scheduled Regular Public Transport Plight NO. 1497 from Melbourne to Wynyard. It was under the command of Captain LI. Denheld with First Officer B.J. Widmer as the other flight crew member. The aircraft carried two hostesses and 28 passengers. In instrument meteorological conditions, and while offshore in the area between Wynyard and Devonport, the aircraft was reportedly flown at heights below the minimum altitude specified for IFR operations.

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General details
Date: 27 October 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1550 ESuT  
Location:Wynyard Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 20 September 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Operational 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fokker B.V. 
Aircraft model: F27 
Aircraft registration: VH-TFM 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne, VIC
Destination:Wynyard, TAS
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Last update 13 May 2014