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At approximately 1853:30 hours EST on 10 July, 1978, Partenavia P68B aircraft registered VH-PNW, with a crew of two and one passenger aboard, became airborne from Runway 26 at Essendon Airport, Victoria, and climbed to a height of 200 to 250 feet. Co-incident with the raising of the wing flaps from the take-off position and a simulated failure of one engine, the aircraft assumed a nosedown attitude and continued straight ahead on a descending flight path. The aircraft crashed into houses 286 metres beyond the western end of the runway. Six persons on the ground were killed, and one person received minor injuries. The aircraft was destroyed and the three occupants were seriously injured.
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General details
Date: 10 July 1978 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1853 EST  
Location:Essendon Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 20 March 1979 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Partenavia Costruzioni Aeronautiche S.p.A 
Aircraft model: P.68 
Aircraft registration: VH-PNW 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Essendon, VIC
Destination:Essendon, VIC
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