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Cessna goes swimming in Lake Eyre

Old 4th May 2013, 03:57
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Forced Landing Lake Eyre?

Hearing reports a plane has made an emergency landing on Lake Eyre yesterday? Can anyone confirm?
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Cessna goes swimming in Lake Eyre

No.... this isn't a re-cap of the Cessna that flew below sea level a number of years ago.... I am hearing a reports of a Cessna possibly out of William Creek going for a swim yesterday with 6 POB in Belt Bay - all had to be choppered out

Desert Flower, do you have any more info from your neck of the woods? Could have been piloted by the namesake of the operator.... or so they are saying
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210, we were crossing and a local chopper was sent to assist
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Nope - for once I know nuffin'! But I am guessing it was probably one of Willy Creek's ones. Don't know what it is with Lake Eyre & 210's - some sort of fatal attraction by the look of it!

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DF, fatal for the aircraft perhaps.... Particularly Cessnas and the occasional Airvan.
That salt water/mud doesn't do them a whole lot of good....

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Is there any water left in the lake?

If so, it would still be in Belt Bay which is the lowest part of the lake. But, jeesus wept, if anyone had an engine problem and had to put it down there then they must have been awfully low when it happened as its not all that far across the bay.

Just to add it would be a very muddy experience for all concerned. The crust is not that thick when there has been water.

If it is a 210 then most likely out of Willy Creek as I heard that there was a couple based there now.

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Old 4th May 2013, 11:21
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Don't know what it is with Lake Eyre & 210's
To be fair it did claim a 206 back in the 2011 season.

The rotary I won't joke about.

if anyone had an engine problem and had to put it down there then they must have been awfully low when it happened
A lot of scenics entail 500 ft AGL legs back when I flew there. However still does not necessarily mean they were low. Don't underestimate how big that northern part of the lake is. The 206 I mentioned above was at a reasonable height near the Warburton Groove when it lost its fan, and still had no other option but to land in the lake.
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I wonder if they were wearing life jackets?
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VH-WRA I believe.
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Wasn't VH-WRA a Gippsland GA-8-01-007 Airvan GA that was once registered to Wrightsair at William Creek?

So the C210 is?

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WRA is most definitely a scarevan, & is still registered to Wrightsair.

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So was it a C210 or WRA? I flew WRA once, she was a nice Airvan, had that lovely overhead air vent the others didn't which made it great to fly....you know, for a scarevan!
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WRA was a GA8 that went missing over Buckingham Bay NT in Oct 2008.
It was never found. (only a few parts were recovered)
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No, BL, that was WRT
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I stand corrected... thanks..
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Back in about 2006, WRT was registered as GA8-01-005 to Wrightsair, 1 Bill Rivers Ave, William Creek SA 5710.

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When I flew it back in the late 80's WRT was an N22 Nomad, registered to Bevan Whittaker's Whittaker Air Charter.
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100 percent confirm it was an Airvan........its on the salt too, but looks like it left some tyre marks!

Im sure we'll read about it on the ATSB or in the news soon.
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Im sure we'll read about it on the ATSB soon.
Is 2 years soon?
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Is Captain Chaos Ok?
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