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Old 11th Jun 2024, 13:14
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Cessna 206 VH-AMF start up fire (?) in 1987

Looking through an old thread and also on Aviation Safety Network, I note that a Cessna 206 VH-AMF suffered a 'start-up fire' which killed an 'apprentice aircraft fitter' at Rockhampton, Qld on 2 January 1987. I know its a long time ago now (where do the years go?) but can anyone remember any further details of the event - how was the poor guy killed in the fire, what was he doing, what was believed to be the cause of the fire?
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The fellows name was Jeff Wust and he was a pilot. The a/c had an underbelly cargo pod. When it came out of the hangar after maintenance there was fuel or fumes in the pod which ignited during engine start. I was nearby when it happened, very shocking. He had extensive burns and either died at the scene or shortly thereafter. The firies found his keys which were a molten mangled mess. Very confronting for all who knew him.
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I always remember the Aero Club CFI in the early 2000's in Rocky would not buckle up or close the door until after engine was running and cited that accident as the reason - Wanted to be able to get out quick.

AMF went to fly on for many years

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A few years before that an Air North C-310, ANV from memory, was destroyed by fire in Darwin.
It was a refuelling event with the refueller seriously injured but lucky the pilot was close by to drag him from the pool of ignited fuel.
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You may find some additional information in the internet links here: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/34130
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Originally Posted by C441
A few years before that an Air North C-310, ANV from memory, was destroyed by fire in Darwin.
It was a refuelling event with the refueller seriously injured but lucky the pilot was close by to drag him from the pool of ignited fuel.

That would be this one: sometime between ‘78 and ‘86 I recon.
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Thanks guys, much appreciated

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Originally Posted by pithblot
That would be this one: sometime between 78 and 86 I recon.
It would have been 1981 or 82 I think. The pilot left Darwin and joined Ansett at the same time as a friend of mine in '82.
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