Aviation safety investigations & reports

F27 Aircraft VH-TFM, 27 October 1973

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 20 September 1974   Occurrence category: Operational  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 13 May 2014