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Accident description
Last updated: 29 September 2016
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Date:Tuesday 16 December 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2
Operator:Eagle Airways Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-EGU
C/n / msn: 1030
First flight: 1976
Engines: 3 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:17 km (10.6 mls) SE of Tumut, NS (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bankstown Airport, NSW (BWU/YSBK), Australia
Destination airport:Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN), Australia
Narrative:
Crashed in Snowy Mountains.
There was a severe cold front across southern New South Wales at the time. Before the pilot made a distress call, he told ATC that he was experiencing airframe and carburettor icing.


Sources:
» John Darcy Williams (e-mail 19 June 2016)
» Air Britain 10:2 p.42


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bankstown Airport, NSW to Melbourne-Essendon Airport, VIC as the crow flies is 691 km (432 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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