Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 95/B55 Baron, VH-CFO, Port Lincoln, SA, 4 February 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was engaged on a newspaper delivery flight from Adelaide to Whyalla with intermediate stops at Port Lincoln and Port Pirie. One passenger was carried.

Examination of the wreckage indicated that the aircraft had first contacted rising ground on a northerly heading, in a climbing attitude and with the wings level. It had then slid uphill for some 130 metres before coming to rest. The accident site was 414 feet above the elevation of the aerodrome. Both propellers were rotating at the time of impact and there was no evidence that the engines were not capable of delivering normal power. The landing gear was retracted and the flaps were fully up. Significant right rudder trim and right wing down aileron trim were set, indicating that an asymmetric power condition had been adopted during the flight.

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General details
Date: 04 February 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0302 CSuT    
Location: Port Lincoln    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 05 March 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-CFO  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Port Lincoln  
Departure time 0300  
Destination Port Pirie  
Last update 13 May 2014