Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 58, VH-CTU, 50 km West of Devonport TAS, 12 March 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was called out at about 0400 hours local time for an urgent medical flight from Wynyard to Melbourne. This required positioning the aircraft from its base at Devonport to Wynyard. The take-off from Devonport was made in darkness with an overcast sky and light drizzle. The aircraft then apparently continued on the take-off heading at high power and low level until it struck the ground at high speed in a forest area 25 km south of Wynyard and 56 km from Devonport. The cause of the accident could not be determined but the possibility of pilot incapacitation could not be discounted.

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General details
Date: 12 March 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 510    
Location: 50 km West of Devonport    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 08 March 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 58  
Aircraft registration VH-CTU  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Devonport TAS  
Departure time 0510  
Destination Wynyard TAS  
Last update 13 May 2014