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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213519
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft D50B
Owner/operator:Nicholas Skyways Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-RCN
MSN: DH-232
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moorabbin, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:YMEN
Destination airport:YMMB
Investigating agency: BASI
At approximately 1418 hours Eastern Standard Time on 19 October 1970, a Beech D50B aircraft, registered VH-RCN, and a Bell 47G-3B-2 helicopter, registered VH-BLM, collided in flight four miles north-west of Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, Victoria. The twin engined Beech aircraft was approaching Moorabbin Airport in the course
of a flight from Essendon via Point Ormond. The helicopter was approaching Moorabbin Airport, also via Point Ormond and the collision occurred outside controlled airspace. Following the mid-air impact, both aircraft crashed in a built-up residential area in the suburb of Moorabbin, causing relatively minor damage to houses and property in the vicinity. The two occupants of the Beech D50B aircraft and the three occupants of the Bell
helicopter were killed and both aircraft were destroyed by the collision and ground impact.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-RCN courtesy

Melbourne - Moorabbin (YMMB / MBW)
14 September 1969; (c) Ben Dannecker (via David Carter)

Revision history:

20-Jul-2018 03:35 Pineapple Added

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