When weather and terrain collude

On 14 September 2008, a Cessna Aircraft Co. U206A aircraft, registered VH-JDQ, with a pilot and two passengers on board, was on a private flight under the visual flight rules (VFR) from Bankstown, NSW, Australia to Archerfield, Qld, Australia with a planned stop at Scone, NSW. The aircraft was reported missing when it did not arrive at Archerfield as expected later that day.

Australian Search and Rescue was notified. The wreckage of the aircraft was located the following day a the top of a 3,800 ft ridge in rugged terrain, approximately 56 km north-north-east of Scone Airport. All three occupants were fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed. The pilot had purchase the aircraft on the morning of the accident. The previous owner reported meeting with the pilot at Bankstown Airport for a handover of the aircraft, including the aircraft documentation. The previous owner stated that he performed a short check flight with the pilot so that the pilot could become familiar with the aircraft. He also stated that he gave the pilot detailed instructions on how to use the panel-mounted Garmin Global Positioning System (GPS) unit fitted to the aircraft. Read more of this post

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