Aviation safety investigations & reports

Partenavia P68B Aircraft VH-PNW, near Essendon Airport Victoria, 10 July 1978

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 20 March 1979   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 13 May 2014