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Capt_Night_Freight
September 5, 2000, 12:11 PM
Eight people have died in a crash in Australia (King Air 200 ).Sounds very similar to the accident
that killed Payne Stewart last year.


Eight die in Australian plane crash


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A chartered aircraft with eight people on board has crashed in north
Queensland state after flying across Australia apparently on
autopilot.

Rescuers who reached the remote crash scene confirmed that all on
board the plane had died. The aircraft burst into flames when it
smashed into the ground.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the Beechcraft King Air
200 twin-engine propeller plane apparently ran out of fuel after
flying in a virtually straight line about 1,760 miles from Perth in
western Australia.

Police believe the plane depressurised, leaving the pilot and
passengers without oxygen. The plane crashed near the mining town of
Mount Isa in northwestern Queensland.

"It would appear as though the airplane was on autopilot, certainly on
heading hold and it would have maintained a constant heading until the
aircraft ran out of fuel, at least on one engine anyway," said Barry
Sargeant, deputy director of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The plane was shadowed for part of its journey by a plane belonging to
the Royal Flying Doctor Service and another small commercial plane.
Both tried unsuccessfully to make radio contact with the pilot.

The plane was making a chartered flight from Perth to the western
Australian gold mining town of Leonora, about 370 miles to the west.

One of Australia's largest gold producers, Sons of Gwalia, had
chartered the plane. Seven Sons of Gwalia staff were on board, plus
the pilot.

Accident investigators were expected to reach the remote crash scene
on Tuesday morning.

The tragedy has similarities to a crash last October in which two-time
US Open golf champion Payne Stewart and five others died when
Stewart's Learjet drifted on autopilot for hours before running out of
fuel and crashing in South Dakota.

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A very sad day indeed, my sympathy to all concerned.


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When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying.

Capt_Night_Freight
September 5, 2000, 12:24 PM
An excellent site that explains all of the mechanics that suround Hypoxia well worth a read. http://www.avweb.com/articles/highalt



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When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying.

BlackBird
September 5, 2000, 08:08 PM
Capt Night Freight: any link with more info about this crash ??

Cobra
September 5, 2000, 11:49 PM
This a media link in Perth, Western Australia with general details etc.
The Pilot, Ken Mosedale was known to me. Farewell "old son"
www.thewest.com.au (http://www.thewest.com.au)

[This message has been edited by Cobra (edited September 06, 2000).]

the_wizard_of_auz
September 7, 2000, 07:56 AM
sympathy to all the families involved.
Just a small correction to the press release above, Leonora is 340Nm NE of Perth, if you go west of Perth you are a long way out in the Indian ocean.
the pax involved were the mill crew at the sons of gwalia (said gawlia) mine here in Leonora and will be sadly missed by alot of the community.