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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213802
Last updated: 10 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-160
Owner/operator:Moores Earthmoving Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-MEM
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mt Neville, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Branxton, NSW
Destination airport:YBAF
Investigating agency: BASI
On 16 August 1973, a Piper PA-30-160 aircraft, registered VH-MEM, crashed into the southern slopes of Mount Neville whilst on a private travel flight from Branxton, New South Wales, to Archerfield, Queensland. The four occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed. Examination of the wreckage failed to reveal any evidence of pre-impact structural failure, malfunction of systems, or any mechanical evidence which might have contributed to the accident. At the moment of impact the aircraft was in a climb and the engines were heard at high power immediately prior to impact. The height of the last sighting, the distance travelled and the impact height are in general agreement with the aircraft's normal climb capability. It is apparent, therefore, that the pilot did not appreciate the very dangerous relationship between the aircraft's climb capability and the rising terrain ahead.


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

Revision history:

30-Jul-2018 02:20 Pineapple Added

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