Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 310D, VH-BTP, Karratha Western Australia, 4 August 1975

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was visiting Karratha on business in his twin engined aircraft and he agreed to a request to take a friend and another local resident for a flight in the Karratha area. The three men met at Karratha aerodrome and at about 0945 hours, before proceeding to the aircraft, the pilot advised the Flight Service Officer on duty at Karratha that he would be making a local flight. Written details are not required for such flights and none were submitted. The pilot also advised that he did not require a radio watch to be kept on the «;ht for search and rescue purposes. At 0958 hours the pilot reported to the Karratha Flight Service Unit by radio that the aircraft was taxying for a local flight and that Runway 08 would be used for take-off. There was no further communication with the aircraft.
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General details
Date: 04 August 1975   Investigation status: Completed  
Location: Karratha    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 23 April 1976   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 310  
Aircraft registration VH-BTP  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Karratha WA  
Departure time 1000  
Destination Karratha WA  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 30 1000
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014