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Lockhart Crash

Old 11th Mar 2020, 04:07
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Lockhart Crash

Unfortunately it looks like a 10 seater plane has crashed up at Lockhart with 5 possible fatalities.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 04:37
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VH-OZO C404?
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Five people are feared dead after a plane crash near Lockhart River township on Cape York Peninsula.

A charter flight carrying government workers was reported missing at about 11.30am on Wednesday.

The Cessna 404 was last heard from around 9.30am when it made two attempts to land near Lockhart River in the state’s far north.
Wild weather has been buffeting the area but it was not immediately clear if that was a factor in the crash.Police have confirmed they are investigating an aviation incident.

The Cessna 404 is a twin-engine aircraft capable of carrying up to ten passengers.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 05:46
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From Ch 9 News Site...

Not Good......

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 05:46
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Aussieflyboy - the ABC are saying VH-OZO was the rego...
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 06:15
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Very Sad. 5 families have been smashed.

Operated by Air Connect, a relatively new Cairns based company (Few years) who leased this machine from another company. Conducted as a single pilot operation.

The owner of the plane but NOT the current operator is, "Perth-based charter company Aerohire has confirmed it was their aircraft and the Cessnaís registration number was VH-OZO." With AAP
No suggestion Aerohire are in anyway responsible or involved other than the owner of OZO.

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 06:50
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Ejector, I think youíll find it was operated locally out of Cairns and was cross hired out of Perth. OZO has been around Cairns for quite some time.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 07:20
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Terrible news, reminds me of the Aero Commander accident with Telstra workers onboard that crashed on the Cape in bad weather about 15 years ago. The pilot involved in that accident was very experienced and well respected, hence it can happen to anyone.

The aircraft was once P2-ALG in a previous life, many memorable hours flying it around the Niugini Islands over 20 years ago. I think it was originally with Easternís based out of Sydney.

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 07:46
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Very sad news
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East Air or Hinterland?
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NOT Eastair. I donít know who it IS, I just know who itís not.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 09:26
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VH-OZO is operated by a Company called Airconnect.

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 09:51
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The holder of the AOC under the authority of which an aircraft happens to be operating at a particular point in time does not have to be the registered operator.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 09:54
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Pull back a little folks. Thereís some families in distress right now. Itíll all come out in the wash. Please be compassionate.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 10:15
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I've just realised I have been wrongly logging my Navajo flight details for some 40 years, I should have been calling it a Cessna 404 if the photo at is to be believed.

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 10:40
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Latest Weather Observations Lockhart River
For those wondering, BOM reports wind Calm at 0900 with maybe 2mm max within an hour either side.
Condolences to all involved.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 10:50
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Originally Posted by anothertwit View Post
East Air or Hinterland?
NOT Hinterland or East Air.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 10:53
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Cairns Post newspaper at its very best

Give these idiots an award for investigative journalism

The Cessna Titan as they describe it, was many moons ago a Piper Navajo owned by Aus Air at Moorabbin. Cairns Post has even blanked out the Aus Air name....


Five confirmed dead in Cape air tragedy

Cessna down The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is dispatching investigators to the site of a light plane crash on Cape York, which has claimed the lives of five people.

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 11:04
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Originally Posted by Checklist Charlie View Post
I should have been calling it a Cessna 404
VH-OZO is a Cessna 404 - check the Australian aircraft register.

Very sad. As stated it was not operated from another state and it was not East Air and not Hinterland.

Not gonna mention names sorry. Respect those involved please.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 11:04
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Hmmmm....temp vs dew point for hours before and after quite telling of the expected cloudbase.
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