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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149355
Last updated: 10 August 2019
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Date:01-OCT-2012
Time:14:05
Type:de Havilland DH-84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-UXG
C/n / msn: 6077
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Near the Borumba Dam, South of Gympie, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Monto, Queensland
Destination airport:Caboolture, Queensland (YCAB)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
At about 11:07 on 1 October 2012, the pilot-owner of a vintage de Havilland DH-84 Dragon Mk 2, registered VH-UXG, took off on a private flight from Monto to Caboolture, Queensland. On board with the pilot were five passengers, baggage and equipment. The pilot and aircraft were limited to visual conditions and, due to forecast weather on the coast and extending inland, the pilot took a direct route.

At 13:15, the pilot radioed air traffic control (ATC) and requested navigation assistance, advising that the aircraft was in cloud. Over the next 50 minutes ATC provided assistance to the pilot and a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter was dispatched to the area. From the pilotís radio calls it was apparent that he was unable to navigate clear of the cloud. Radio contact was intermittent and no transmissions from the aircraft were received after 14:05.

An extensive search was initiated, and the aircraft wreckage was located on 3 October in high terrain. The aircraft was destroyed and there were no survivors.

With no or limited visual references available in and near cloud, it would have been very difficult for the pilot to maintain control of the aircraft. After maintaining control in such conditions for about an hour, and being unable to navigate away from the mountain range, the pilot most likely became spatially disoriented and lost control of the aircraft before it impacted the ground. Due to the limited radio and radar coverage in the area, the ability of ATC and the SAR helicopter to assist was limited. However, the ATSB found that there were areas of potential improvement in the management of in-flight emergencies and coordination between ATC and SAR aircraft.

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2012/aair/ao-2012-130.aspx
2. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/plane-missing--with-six-on-board-20121001-26v7z.html
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_DH-84_Riama_crash
4. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/no-survivors-in-vintage-plane-crash-20121003-26y34.html
5. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107110260
6. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/wreckage-of-des-porters-vintage-bi-plane-spotted-on-ridge-near-in-thick-cloud-on-afternoon-it-went-missing/story-fncvk70o-1226486865551
7. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/missing-dragon-bi-plane-not-equipped-with-instruments-to-negotiate-cloudy-weather/story-fndo45r1-1226486873125
8. http://www.australianflying.com.au/news/des-and-his-dragon

DH84 Dragon

Images:

Photo of VH-UXG courtesy AirHistory.net


Toowoomba (YTWB / TWB)
1 April 2010; (c) Ian McDonell

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Oct-2012 03:34 gerard57 Added
01-Oct-2012 03:39 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
01-Oct-2012 04:22 Dmitriy Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
02-Oct-2012 23:29 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Oct-2012 06:28 gerard57 Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2013 21:07 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2014 00:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Apr-2016 12:53 Kardz Updated [Operator]

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