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On 16 February, 1974 a Beech 95/B55 Baron aircraft registered VH-FWR disappeared whilst on a flight from Gladstone to Longreach, Queensland, and no trace has been found of the aircraft or its two occupants.

The search for the aircraft continued on an intense scale until 25 February, 1974. During this time civil and military aircraft flew a total of 532 hours and searched an area in excess of 40,000 square miles, within which the areas of high probability were examined many times. Much of the eastern section of the search area consists of rough mountainous terrain covered with dense tropical vegetation. A number of sighting and hearing reports were received and investigated but the aircraft and its occupants have not been located.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: EST  
Location:Gladstone, Longreach Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 07 October 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 95 
Aircraft registration: VH-FWR 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Gladstone
Departure time:0953
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Last update 13 May 2014