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Last updated: 23 October 2018
Date:Thursday 12 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Registration: VH-BZA
C/n / msn: 4651
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Frederick Henry Bay, TAS (   Australia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Hobart Airport, TAS (HBA/YMHB), Australia
The aircraft struck water while on an instrument approach in low clouds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE "The pilot relied on inadequate external visual reference for determining the altitude and paid insufficient attention to the instruments. The irregular approach procedure carried out by the pilot in command deprived him of the opportunity to monitor the safe approach to the aerodrome through the correlation of time, height and position. This probably contributed to the accident."


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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