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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28522
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Time:04:33 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MU2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 Marquise
Registration: VH-MLU
MSN: 1527SA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km E of Bargo, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Bankstown, Sdyney, NSW (BWU/YSBK)
Destination airport:Moorabbin, Melbourne (MBW/YMMB)
Investigating agency: BASI
The aircraft was cleared via a Standard Instrument Departure with an unrestricted climb to Flight Level (FL) 220. The aircraft climbed on track at an average rate of 1300 ft/min until FL130. The rate of climb then reduced to 350 ft/min until FL140, when the rate of climb increased to 1800 ft/min. At FL160 the aircraft entered a near vertical descent and radar contact was lost one minute later at 3100 feet. The aircraft impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude, 2 km east of Bargo, NSW.

Despite an extensive investigation, the reason for the loss of control leading to this accident could not be determined. There have been several other reported occurrences involving sudden loss of control in this aircraft type and the United States Federal Aviation Administration has conducted a certification review of the type. The results of that review do not appear to indicate any factors relevant to this particular accident.



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


Photo of VH-MLU courtesy

Melbourne - Essendon (YMEN / MEB)
16 April 1983; (c) Geoff Goodall (via David Carter)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Feb-2013 12:01 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
16-May-2014 19:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-May-2014 19:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
07-Dec-2016 18:48 wf Updated [Location, Narrative]

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