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Last updated: 22 January 2019
Date:Monday 24 June 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 414-56 Hudson IIIA
Operator:Adastra Airways
Registration: VH-AGO
C/n / msn: 6429
First flight: 1941
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-G205A
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) NW of Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID) (   Australia)
Crash site elevation: 13 m (43 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID), Australia
Destination airport:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID), Australia
The Lockheed Hudson departed Horn Island at 15:16 on a travel flight from Horn Island Airport to Weipa Mission Aerodrome, with a crew of three and three passengers on board. The airplane due to operate on survey flights from Weipa Mission over a bauxite field.
Shortly after departure the no.1 engine seized due to a failure of the master rod bearing. The pilot feathered the propeller and returned to the departure airport.
He misjudged the speed and height while on approach to runway 08. The approach was aborted and the aircraft turned left. The aircraft impacted a mud shelf, killing all on board.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The pilot's skill was not equal to that required to successfully carry out a baulked approach in the single-engine configuration due to his lack of training in this manoeuvre."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DCA Australia
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 190 days (6 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report


Loss of control

» The Age - Jun 25, 1957


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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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