Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 310 L, VH-DTJ, Fletchers Awl QLD, 24 October 1983

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft was being used to convey ABC staff from Rockhampton to Kenlogan Station in order to carry out filming of that and neighbouring properties as part of a planned television program. On arrival in the Kenlogan area the pilot was unable to locate the airstrip and after searching for about 30 minutes a diversion was made to Cumberland Downs (which is now known as Fletchers Awl). Witnesses on the ground at Fletchers Awl watched the aircraft as it arrived and made three circuits of the strip. The landing gear was observed to be extended during the third circuit. The witnesses lost sight of the aircraft as it passed behind rising ground. Shortly afterwards smoke was observed, and it was found that the aircraft had struck the ground about 800 metres short of the strip. A fierce fire had broken out and engulfed the wreckage. The geographical position of Kenlogan as depicted on the appropriate Aeronautical Chart was some 9 km east-south-east of the actual position. Whether this was known to the pilot before the flight could not be established. Examination of the wreckage was hampered because of the extensive fire damage. Although the engines were delivering little or no power at the time of impact, no defect or malfunction with the engines or airframe was found which might have contributed to the development of the occurrence. The cause of the accident remains undetermined.

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General details
Date: 24 October 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1108    
Location: Fletchers Awl    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 05 March 1985   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-DTJ  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Rockhampton QLD  
Departure time 919  
Destination Kenlogan QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014