Accident description
Last updated: 16 April 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 26 January 1960
Time:ca 12:30
Type:de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2D
Operator:Transportes Aéreos de Timor
Registration: CR-TAI
C/n / msn: 14132
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NW off Bathurst Island, NT (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
Destination airport:Baucau-English Madeira Airport (BCH/WPEC), East Timor
Narrative:
The Heron took off from Darwin at 11:33 for a 1hour and 20 minutes-flight to Baucau. At 12:10 there was radio contact with a company DH-104 Dove (CR-TAG) flying from Baucau to Darwin. This was the last contact with the flight before it crashed into the sea, NW of Bathurst Island.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "It was concluded that the most likely chief cause of the accident lay in the fact that the pilot was flying the aircraft in bad visibility conditions for which he was not duly qualified, and it was presumed that reasons of a psychological nature accounted for the accident."

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Distance from Darwin Airport, NT to Baucau-English Madeira Airport as the crow flies is 653 km (408 miles).

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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