Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech V35-MK2, VH-DYS, Mataranka Homestead, 7 km East of Mataranka NT, 2 August 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting an around Australia holiday with three friends. On the day of the accident he intended flying the aircraft to Tindal, a distance of about 90 kilometres, to refuel prior to departing for his Queensland destination. After the aircraft was taxied from the parking area to the threshold of the runway, witnesses reported hearing the engine being run-up. The aircraft was then observed to take-off in a north-westerly direction and climb to about 150 feet above the strip. It then entered a steady, wings level descent and collided with trees, 400 metres beyond and 100 metres to the left of the strip. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and the ensuing fire. The examination of the wreckage was hampered by extensive fire damage. However, with the exception of the vacuum pump, which was probably unserviceable at the time of the accident, no evidence was found to suggest that the aircraft was not capable of normal operation. There was no evidence to indicate that the pilot had suffered any sudden illness or incapacity, and the cause of the accident remains undetermined.

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General details
Date: 02 August 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 737    
Location: Mataranka Homestead, 7 km East of Mataranka    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 01 May 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-DYS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Mataranka Homestead NT  
Departure time 0737  
Destination Tindal NT