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The aircraft departed from the Charters Towers aerodrome at approximately 1115 hours and, after flying over an area to the east and north-east, it proceeded towards Balfe's Creek, some 40 kilometres south-west of Charters Towers, where it landed at about 1210 hours. Some 15 minutes later, the four occupants re-boarded the aft and it took off towards the north-east. It then made a gradual right turn and, when last observed by a resident of Balfe's Creek, it was at a height of some 200 to 300 feet heading towards the nearby Lake Powlathanga. At about 1515 hours the surviving passenger was found by chance by a local resident on the shore of the lake.
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General details
Date: 07 September 1976 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230 EST  
Location:Lake Powlathanga Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 06 July 1977 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final  
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WKC 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Balfe's Creek Qld.
Departure time:1225
Destination:Charters Towers Qld.
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1203
Minor: 0101
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