Accident Beechcraft D55 Baron VH-DRT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213714
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Date:Tuesday 1 June 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft D55 Baron
Owner/operator:Australian Transport Air Services Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-DRT
MSN: TE-460
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:23 NM south of Shay Gap -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:YSHG
Destination airport:YNUL
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft took off from Shay Gap under a very low overcast with the intention of proceeding to Nullagine some 85 miles to the south. The low cloud persisted throughout the route and the tops of hills in the area, at a general level of about 750 feet above mean sea level, were enveloped in cloud and mist. Before taking off from Shay Gap the pilot called the Flight Service Unit at Port Hedland by radio and requested the winds forecast for the local area. Port Hedland did not respond but the aircraft calls were acknowledged by Derby Flight Service Unit. The pilot advised Derby when the aircraft departed Shay Gap at 0637 hours WST and he again requested the forecast winds for the area in which he was operating. The wreckage of the aircraft was found by a searching aircraft at 0800 hours on the following morning. The aircraft had struck the ground at a height of approximately 780 feet above sea level near the crest of a ridge, apparently whilst in substantially level flight and under control. The accident site was some 23 miles south of Shay Gap on the direct track to Nullagine. The aircraft had been on a southerly heading and probably at normal cruising speed at the time of the initial impact with the ground.


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


Photo: BASI

Revision history:

28-Jul-2018 11:15 Pineapple Added
15-Nov-2018 18:33 harro Updated [Photo]
04-Apr-2019 19:58 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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