Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172K, VH-RGU, near Aurukun Mission, Queensland, 2 April 1975

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 2 April, 1975 a Cessna 172K aircraft, registered VH-RGU, disappeared while on a flight from Welpa to Aurukun Mission, Queensland. The pilot, was the only person on board the aircraft. No trace of the aircraft has been found; however on 12 April, 1975 the body of the pilot was found on a tidal flat in Archer Bay, five kilometres west of Aurukun Mission.
General details
Date: 02 April 1975   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000 EST    
Location: near Aurukun Mission    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 02 October 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-RGU  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Welpa  
Departure time 0923  
Destination Aurukun  
Last update 13 May 2014