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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 394
Last updated: 19 September 2021
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Time:12:36 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna U206G
Owner/operator:Aurukun Aboriginal Community
Registration: VH-FMP
MSN: U20605067
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:44 km N of Aurukun, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Aurukun, Queensland (AUU/YAUR)
Destination airport:Weipa, Queensland(WEI/YWBP)
Investigating agency: BASI
Pilot transmitted a Mayday call stating the aircraft engine had failed 10 miles NW Aurukun, Queensland, and that he was conducting a forced landing into trees. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft and the burnt out wreckage was found some hours later in a densely treed, inhospitable area 44 km north of Aurukun.

The investigation determined that the engine fuel mixture control cable end had become detached from the mixture control arm on the fuel control unit. This allowed the control arm to move to the 'idle cut-off' position, causing the engine to fail because of fuel starvation.

All four persons on board were killed, and a memorial was erected at Aurukun Airport:
"Front Inscription
Stanley Ngakyunkwokka, Chairman
Aurukun Community Inc.
Mildred Ida Koometta & Clifford Wilson
Stephen Heel, Pilot

Lost in an aircraft accident north of Aurukun
on 9th January 1993"

The wreckage was so completely burnt out, that it was over a week after the crash before the number of persons on board could be confirmed as four (initial press reports stated the casualty total as three).



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

12 Sep 1989 VH-FMP 0 Kupunn, QLD sub

Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
02-Mar-2008 02:28 Andrew Whitton Updated
27-Apr-2014 16:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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