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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Saturday 8 December 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander
Registration: VH-OBL
MSN: 2035
First flight: 1986-10-29 (32 years 2 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:101 km (63.1 mls) WSW of Hobart, TAS (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Hobart Cambridge Airport, TAS (YCBG), Australia
Destination airport:Bathurst Harbour Airport, TAS (YBHB), Australia
A Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander, operated by Par-Avion, impacted mountainous terrain in the Southwest National Park in Tasmania, Australia. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, is presumed to have died.
The aircraft departed Hobart Cambridge Airport in Tasmania at 07:48 hours local time on a repositioning flight to Bathurst Harbour Airport to pick up passengers. The aircraft went missing about 08:30. The last
The wreckage was spotted later in the day.
The aircraft was last ADS-B datapoint from the flight received by flight tracking website Flightaware was at 08:28 hours, 94 km from Hobart and some 32 km northeast of the destination airport.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AO-2018-078



photo of Pilatus-BN-2A-20-Islander-VH-OBL
final datapoints to be treated with caution
photo of Pilatus-BN-2A-20-Islander-VH-OBL
accident date: 08-12-2018
type: Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander
registration: VH-OBL

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Hobart Cambridge Airport, TAS to Bathurst Harbour Airport, TAS as the crow flies is 125 km (78 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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