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Accident description
Last updated: 22 June 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 28 January 2016
Time:15:28
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Hamilton Island Air
Registration: VH-WTY
C/n / msn: 208-00522
First flight: 2010
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Hamilton Island Airport, QLD (HTI/YBHM), Australia
Destination airport:Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia
Narrative:
The Cessna Caravan floatplane suffered a landing accident at Chance Bay near Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
Six passengers sustained minor injuries.
Preliminary investigations by police suggest that the aircraft struck rough water on landing. The plane bounced heavily, coming to a stop on a tree covered hillside near the beach.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AO-2016-007

Sources:
» Daily Mercury
» 7News Brisbane


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Hamilton Island Airport, QLD to Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD as the crow flies is 11 km (7 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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