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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164909
Last updated: 17 January 2022
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Date:02-DEC-1955
Time:morning
Type:Auster J/5B Autocar
Owner/operator:Bush Pilots Airways P/L
Registration: VH-BPA
MSN: 2947
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:3 mi from Mareeba, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:aerodrome near Mareeba, QLD
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fitted with crop-spraying equipment for a new business venture of low-level spraying tobacco fields on the Atherton Tablelands when it struck a tree and crashed 0,5 mile from aerodrome, killing the pilot, Capt Frank Roche. Crop spraying operations ceased shortly thereafter. Aircraft rebuilt to VH-KCO.

Sources:

The Central Queensland Herald 8 December 1955, p24
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austa/VH-ADS(2).html
3. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=2840
6. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/VH-KCO.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Mar-2014 03:28 Dr. John Smith Added
02-Apr-2021 07:41 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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