Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with Terrain - Pacific Aerospace cresco 08-600 aircraft, VH-XMN 24 km south of Tully, Queensland, 16 August 2007

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 16 August 2007 at 1454 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Pacific Aerospace Corporation Cresco 08-600 aircraft, registered VH-XMN, departed from Ingham, Qld on a ferry flight under the visual flight rules (VFR) to Tully. The aircraft did not arrive at Tully and the next day the pilot and aircraft were reported missing.

Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) was notified and a search, based on the last radar observed position of an unidentified aircraft from a replay of recorded radar data, together with witness reports from the area, was initiated. Searchers located the aircraft wreckage on the morning of 18 August 2007. The aircraft had impacted mountainous terrain in a state forest 24 km south of Tully. The pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

The circumstances of this occurrence were consistent with controlled flight into terrain resulting from visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions. The pilot did not provide a flight notification or SARTIME for the trip required for flight in a designated remote area. As a consequence, there was a delayed search and rescue response.

Following the investigation, the aircraft operator reviewed the company operations manual and added search and rescue procedures.

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Preliminary report released 11 October 2007

The aircraft was reported missing and was subsequently discovered to have collided with terrain.

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General details
Date: 16 August 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1513 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 24 km S Tully    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: CFIT  
Release date: 03 February 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pacific Aerospace Corporation  
Aircraft model 08-600  
Aircraft registration VH-XMN  
Serial number 36  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ingham, Qld  
Departure time 1445  
Destination Tully, Qld  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 138.9 397.1
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 03 April 2020