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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18381
Last updated: 12 January 2022
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Type:Auster J/5B Autocar
Owner/operator:Salvation Army Australia
Registration: VH-BYS
MSN: 3162
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mount Sanford Station -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
In July 1955 Tiger Moth VH-BJD was traded in by THe Salvation Army Australia for a new Auster Autocar aircraft, VH-BYS. VH-BYS was flown to Darwin from Melbourne in July 1955 ready for use by The Salvation Army.

A visit to Mount Sanford Station on 8 February 1961 was the downfall for VH-BYS. There was no airstrip at Mount Sanford at the time; there was, however, an open area near the house. Taking off at the conclusion of the pastoral visit proved to be the undoing of this Auster. The soft surface of the ground, wind conditions, and the load, were factors that had a bearing on the aircraft sinking back into the bushes at the end of the clearing, and turning over. There was no injury to the three passengers, but the aircraft was severely damaged. The damage was such that it was decided that it was cheaper to purchase another Auster than repair VH-BYS. The result was that VH-BYS was abandoned where it crashed


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Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
26-Mar-2014 00:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Mar-2014 00:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Jun-2015 05:55 Anon. Updated [Date, Cn, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Embed code, Damage]
19-Jun-2015 05:56 harro Updated [Date, Cn, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Embed code]

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