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On 7 May 2005, a Fairchild Aircraft Inc. SA227-DC Metro 23 aircraft, registered VH-TFU, with two pilots and 13 passengers, was being operated by Transair on an instrument flight rules regular public transport service from Bamaga to Cairns, with an intermediate stop at Lockhart River, Queensland. At 1143:39 Eastern Standard Time, the aircraft impacted terrain in the Iron Range National Park on the north-western slope of South Pap, a heavily timbered ridge, approximately 11 km north-west of the Lockhart River aerodrome. At the time of the accident, the crew was conducting an area navigation global navigation satellite system (RNAV (GNSS)) nonprecision approach to runway 12. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact forces and an intense, fuel-fed, post-impact fire. There were no survivors.

The accident was almost certainly the result of controlled flight into terrain, that is, an airworthy aircraft under the control of the flight crew was flown unintentionally into terrain, probably with no prior awareness by the crew of the aircraft's proximity to terrain. The investigation report identifies a range of contributing and other safety factors relating to the crew of the aircraft, Transair's processes, regulatory oversight of Transair by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and RNAV (GNSS) approach design and chart presentation. It also details safety action taken by various agencies to address the identified safety issues, and includes safety recommendations relating to those safety issues that had not been addressed by relevant agencies at the time of publication of this report.

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General details

Date: 07 May 2005 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1144 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:11 km NW Lockhart River, Aero. Occurrence type:CFIT 
State: QLD Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 04 Apr 2007 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 

Aircraft details

Aircraft model: SA227-DC 
Aircraft registration: VH-TFU 
Serial number: DC 818B 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bamaga, QLD
Departure time:1111 hours EST
Destination:Lockhart River, QLD

Crew details

RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandATPL3248.06071
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerCommercial150.0655.0
 

Injuries

 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 213015
Total:213015
 
 
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