Narrative:Flight 1750 departed Perth (PER) at 08:29 for a flight to Port Hedland (PHE). The flight climbed to FL190, encountering light to moderate turbulence. Last radio contact was at 11:34 when the crew reported 30DME south of Port Hedland, descending from 7000 feet. The aircraft was seen to descend rapidly and steeply a little later. The wreckage was found at 28 miles from Port Hedland.
|Date:||Tuesday 31 December 1968|
|Type:||Vickers 720 Viscount|
|Operator:||MacRobertson Miller Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 45|
|First flight:|| 1954|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21|
|Total:||Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||48 km (30 mls) S of Port Hedland, WA (Australia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Perth Airport, WA (PER/YPPH), Australia|
|Destination airport:||Port Hedland Airport, WA (PHE/YPPD), Australia|
CAUSE: "The cause of the accident was that the fatigue endurance of the starboard inner main spar lower boom was substantially reduced by the insertion of a flared bush at station 143 when the margin of safety associated with the retirement life specified for such booms did not ensure that this boom would achieve its retirement life in the presence of such a defect."
» ICAO Circular 107-AN/81 (71-95)
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Distance from Perth Airport, WA to Port Hedland Airport, WA as the crow flies is 1309 km (818 miles).