Aviation safety investigations & reports

Viscount 720C aircraft VH-RMQ, near Port Hedland, WA, 31 December 1968

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 0830 hours Western Standard Time on 31st December, 1968, a Viscount 720C aircraft, registered VH-RMQ, was scheduled to commence a regular public transport service, designated Flight 1750, from Perth to Port Hedland in the State of Western Australia.

The aircraft struck the ground in open spinifex-grassed country. The aircraft was destroyed by severe impact forces and the major portion was also affected by an intense post-impact fire.

There were 22 passengers and 4 crew on board, none of the aircraft occupants survived the impact.

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General details
Date: 31 December 1968   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1135    
Location: near Port Hedland    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 21 September 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 4 22 0 26
Total: 4 22 0 26
Last update 01 April 2011