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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78948
Last updated: 3 January 2020
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Date:08-FEB-1969
Time:15:10 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna P206A
Owner/operator:Lombard Australia Pty Ltd (regd owner)
Registration: VH-UPK
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:15 Km East of Kyancutta, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Ceduna (YCDU)
Destination airport:Parafield (YPPF)
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
On 8 February 1969 the Cessna was returning to Parafield on an unofficial charter flight. The pilot (who was not qualified for IFR flight) decided to return despite the weather being marginal for VFR flight. The Cessna was last seen 10km from the accident site, heading towards an area of low cloud and rain. The aeroplane struck the ground, in a steep nose right wing down attitude, 15km East of Kyancutta, SA. The wreckage was found 2 days later due to bad weather forcing search to remain grounded. It is believed the pilot became disorientated in the low cloud.

The six persons on board that were killed were later named as

Reinhard BAUMEISTER (Pilot) Age 39
Donald Haden DOUGLAS (passenger)
Lewis Lloyd JOHNSON (passenger)
Amelia JOHNSON (passenger)
Walter SORGER (passenger)
James Alexander REID (Known as HORROCKS) (passenger)

Tie probable cause of the accident was that the pilot, who was not qualified for instrument flight, lost control of the aircraft when he proceeded into weather conditions which deprived him of visual reference

NOTES:
1 - Although the registered owner of this aircraft was Lombard Australia Pty Ltd., they were a bank/finance company, who were the "legal owners" as they had funded the aircraft purchase. The actual operator of VH-UPX was Reinhard Baumeister, the pilot - who was killed in the crash (as above)

2 - The registration VH-UPX was later "recycled" and applied to another Cessna 206 (c/no U206-05477) built in 1980, which is, of course, not the same aircraft that crashed in the above incident

Sources:

1. https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1969/aair/aair196903380.aspx

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


Images:


Photo: BASI

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Oct-2010 14:05 VHKDK Added
30-Oct-2010 15:17 VHKDK Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants]
02-Apr-2014 03:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Apr-2014 03:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
07-Nov-2018 07:42 harro Updated [Source, Photo, Accident report, ]

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