Accident description
Last updated: 30 August 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 13 February 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Pan-Air
Registration: VH-PAQ
C/n / msn: 227
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Yarra Creek, King Island, TAS (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:King Island Airport, TAS (KNS/YKII), Australia
Destination airport:Burnie Wynyard Airport, TAS (BWT), Australia
Narrative:
The Twin Otter was carrying a cargo of meat when low clouds reduced the visibility at the destination Wynyard. The pilot first diverted to Devonport but later decided to go back to King Island. He became lost and was low on fuel. A precautionary landing was made in a paddock.

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 149


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Distance from King Island Airport, TAS to Burnie Wynyard Airport, TAS as the crow flies is 199 km (125 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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