Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 35-C33A Debonair, VH-DEW, Barkly Downs homestead, Qld, 4 January 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 2020 hours EST on 4 January, 1974 a Beech 35/C33A "Debonair" aircraft, registered VH-DEW, struck the ground in conditions of heavy rain and darkness some 1400 metres north of Barkly Downs homestead, Queensland.

Examination of the wreckage subsequently established that the aircraft had struck the ground on a south-westerly heading, at high speed in a 20 to 30 degrees nose down attitude and while slightly banked to the right. The aircraft had broken up on impact and the wreckage trail extended about 137 metres beyond the point of initial ground contact. There was no evidence of any pre-impact structural failure, defect or malfunction which could have contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 04 January 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2020 EST    
Location: Barkly Downs homestead    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 16 April 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-DEW  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Boulia  
Destination Mt Isa  
Last update 13 May 2014