Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 310R, VH-UQR, 20 km South of Busselton WA, 30 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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An unidentified aircraft was heard to depart Kalgoorlie at approximately 0430 hours, and VH-UQR was subsequently reported to have been stolen. Some four hours later the aircraft was sighted, flying at low level, by a number of witnesses in the Margaret River area. The engines were reported to be not operating normally. The aicraft then disappeared from sight behind trees and was heard to crash. The wreckage was located in a heavily wooded area. An inspection of the site indicated that the aircraft had collided with the ground following a high speed descent at an angle in excess of 30 degrees. Neither engine was producing power at the time of impact. The investigation indicated that the fuel supply had been exhausted at the time of the accident. Although the aircraft was almost totally destroyed there was no evidence that aircraft components or systems contributed to the accident. Neither pilot was qualified to fly, or had any known flying experience, on the Cessna 310 or any other multi-engine aircraft type. The factors leading to the theft of the aircraft were not established.

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General details
Date: 30 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 835    
Location: 20 km South of Busselton    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 16 June 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 310  
Aircraft registration VH-UQR  
Serial number 310R0886  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Kalgoorlie WA  
Departure time 0430  
Destination Not Known