Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 200 Super King Air, VH-KTE, Adavale Queensland, 28 August 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 2145 hours on 28 August 1983, in the course of a planned charter, Instrument Flight Rules night flight from Windorah to Toowoomba, Beech 200 Super King Air aircraft VH-KTE broke up in flight and crashed to the ground 3.5 kilometres south of Adavale, 201 km from Windorah, and on the aircraft's planned track. The pilot-in-command and the 11 passengers were killed when the aircraft fuselage, devoid of wings and empennage, impacted the ground, inverted. The Adavale police officer reported the accident to the duty officer of the Department of Aviation, Queensland Region. An investigation team from the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation assembled at Adavale on the morning of 29 August 1983.
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General details
Date: 28 August 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2145 EST    
Location: Adavale    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 20 February 1985   Occurrence category: Technical  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 200  
Aircraft registration VH-KTE  
Serial number BB320  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Windorah Qld  
Destination Toowoomba Qld  
Last update 13 May 2014