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Early on Monday morning (the day after the accident) a farmer reported finding the aircraft crashed on his property.

A Flight West crew at Roma had reported that the pilot of an aircraft was having difficulties in finding Roma at about 1835 on Sunday evening. The pilot was asking for a description of the aerodrome in relation to the township and requested that the Flight West crew wait on the ground until their arrival. When the Flight West passengers had disembarked, the crew attempted to contact the aircraft again, but without success.

The aircraft call sign was reported to Flight Service as VH-ECN. When SAR (Brisbane) found VH-ECN at Caboolture and no further reports of a missing aircraft were received, the INCERFA was cancelled.

Last light at Roma was 1804 approximately. The pilot was not rated for night visual flight rules.

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General details
Date: 11 August 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1833 EST  
Location   (show map):20 km WSW Roma Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: CFIT 
Release date: 12 September 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20 
Aircraft registration: VH-TCN 
Serial number: 527 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Longreach, QLD
Departure time:1611 EST
Destination:Roma, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1102
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