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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 31566
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:18:53 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic P68 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Partenavia P.68B
Owner/operator:Speedair Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-PNW
MSN: 65B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Essendon, Melbourne (MEB/YMEN)
Destination airport:Essendon, Melbourne (MED/YMEB)
Investigating agency: BASI
Partenavia P.68B aircraft registered VH-PNW, with a crew of two and one passenger aboard, became airborne from Runway 26 at Essendon Airport, Victoria,and climbed to a height of 200 to 250 feet.

Co-incident with the raising of the wing flaps from the take-off position and a simulated failure of one engine, the aircraft assumed a nose down attitude and continued straight ahead on a descending flight path.

The aircraft crashed into houses 286 metres beyond the western end of the runway. Six persons on the ground were killed, and one person received minor injuries. The aircraft was destroyed and the three occupants were seriously injured.



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

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-May-2014 04:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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