Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 70 Queenair, VH-XAE, Near Tolmie, Victoria, 6 July 1989

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Status: Completed
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At 0341 hours EST on 6 July 1989, Beech 70 Queenair aircraft registered VH-XAE collided with high voltage power lines and descended rapidly, contacting the ground three kilometres north-east of Tolmie. The pilot, who was the only occupant, received fatal injuries. There was no fire. The aircraft was on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne cruising at 8000 feet. Persons in the accident area heard an aircraft flying very low over their houses, then observed a flash of light and heard the sound of ground impact. A ground search was commenced but due to falling snow and very poor visibility the wreckage was not found until about 0745 hours in daylight. The elevation of the ground at the accident site was approximately 2700 feet above sea level. The accident site was located at co-ordinates 36`55'south, 146`17'east.

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General details
Date: 06 July 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Location   (show map): Near Tolmie, Victoria    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 70  
Aircraft registration VH-XAE  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Destination Approved for Release:  
Last update 09 May 2016