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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28279
Last updated: 22 October 2019
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Date:20-JAN-1972
Time:07:45 CST
Type:Beechcraft 65-80 Queen Air
Owner/operator:Connair Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-CMI
C/n / msn: LD-12
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:7 miles SW of Alice Springs Airport, Northern Territories -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Alice Springs, NT (ASP/YBAS)
Destination airport:Ayres Rock, NT (AYQ/YAYE)
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
At approximately 07:45 hours Central Standard Time on 20 January 1972, there was an in-flight fire in a Beech 65-80 Queenair aircraft, registered VH-CMI. The pilot reported a fire in the starboard engine, which resulted in the separation of the starboard engine and the starboard outer wing.

No further transmissions were heard from the aircraft. The aircraft subsequently struck the ground at a point some seven miles south-west of Alice Springs Airport in the Northern Territory.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft was engaged in operating a charter flight for the purpose of carrying passengers, mail and freight from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock. The aircraft was destroyed by fire and impact forces and the pilot and the six passengers were killed.

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1972/aair/aair197203842.aspx
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/VH-CMI.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20121017130812/http://baaa-acro.com/archives/1972-JAN-JUN.htm
4. http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24835/197203842.pdf

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Oct-2010 05:55 Eagle Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-May-2011 02:30 eagle Updated [Country, Source]
27-May-2011 09:03 eagle Updated [Narrative]
14-Apr-2014 23:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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