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At approximately 2020 hours EST on 4 January, 1974 a Beech 35/C33A "Debonair" aircraft, registered VH-DEW, struck the ground in conditions of heavy rain and darkness some 1400 metres north of Barkly Downs homestead, Queensland.

Examination of the wreckage subsequently established that the aircraft had struck the ground on a south-westerly heading, at high speed in a 20 to 30 degrees nose down attitude and while slightly banked to the right. The aircraft had broken up on impact and the wreckage trail extended about 137 metres beyond the point of initial ground contact. There was no evidence of any pre-impact structural failure, defect or malfunction which could have contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 04 January 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2020 EST  
Location:Barkly Downs homestead Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 16 April 1975 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 35 
Aircraft registration: VH-DEW 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Boulia
Destination:Mt Isa
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Last update 13 May 2014