Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fokker Friendship F-27-100 Aircraft VH-EWL, Bathurst NSW, 31 May 1974

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Status: Completed
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At approximately 1822 hours Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 31 May 1974 Fokker Friendship F-27-100 aircraft, registered VH-EWL, crashed adjacent to Runway 35 at Bathurst aerodrome, New South Wales, during an attempted go-around from a landing approach. The aircraft came to rest after sliding 625 metres from the impact point, and sustained substantial damage. VH-EWL was engaged in operating a regular public transport flight with a crew of four and was carrying thirty passengers. Both members of the flight crew, and six passengers, received minor injuries; no other persons were injured.
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General details
Date: 31 May 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1822 ESuT    
Location: Bathurst    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 20 October 1976   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fokker B.V.  
Aircraft model F27  
Aircraft registration VH-EWL  
Serial number 10344  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Orange  
Destination Bathurst  
Last update 13 May 2014