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Aero Commander 500-S, VH-LST

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Status: Completed
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At 1629 Eastern Daylight-saving Time on 19 February 2004, an Aero Commander 500-S (Shrike) aircraft, registered VH-LST (LST), commenced taxying at Hobart for a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) ferry flight to Devonport. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, reported a departure time of 1643 to air traffic control, with an intention to climb to 8,500 ft and to fly a track of 319 degrees magnetic.

Due to following traffic, the pilot was required to report leaving specific altitudes. At 1646, the pilot reported leaving 4,500 ft, and was advised that air traffic services were terminated. The acknowledgement of that call was the last communication heard from the pilot.

At about 1800, the operator’s staff at Devonport advised the Hobart base that the aircraft had not arrived. The operator advised AusSAR and the Hobart air traffic control tower, and organised company search aircraft from both Hobart and Devonport. The non-flying occupant of the Hobart search aircraft sighted the wreckage at about 1930 (see Figure1). Shortly after, a search and rescue helicopter arrived at the accident site. The pilot of the aircraft was found fatally injured in the wreckage.

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General details
Date: 19 February 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1700 hours ESuT    
Location   (show map): 58 km NNW Hobart, Aero.    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: In-flight break-up  
Release date: 19 December 2005   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aero Commander  
Aircraft model 500  
Aircraft registration VH-LST  
Serial number 3111  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Hobart, TAS  
Departure time 1643 ESuT  
Destination Devonport, TAS  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 40.6 371
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014