Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 95/B55 Baron, VH-FWR, Gladstone, Longreach, Qld, 16 February 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 16 February, 1974 a Beech 95/B55 Baron aircraft registered VH-FWR disappeared whilst on a flight from Gladstone to Longreach, Queensland, and no trace has been found of the aircraft or its two occupants.

The search for the aircraft continued on an intense scale until 25 February, 1974. During this time civil and military aircraft flew a total of 532 hours and searched an area in excess of 40,000 square miles, within which the areas of high probability were examined many times. Much of the eastern section of the search area consists of rough mountainous terrain covered with dense tropical vegetation. A number of sighting and hearing reports were received and investigated but the aircraft and its occupants have not been located.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: EST    
Location: Gladstone, Longreach    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 07 October 1974   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-FWR  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Gladstone  
Departure time 0953  
Destination Longreach  
Last update 13 May 2014