Date & Time: Oct 19, 1934
Operator:
Registration:
VH-URN
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Launceston – Melbourne
MSN:
2301
YOM:
1934
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
9
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
While overflying Bass Strait, the four engine aircraft christened 'Miss Hobart' crashed in unknown circumstances some 10 miles off the coast of the Wilsons Promontory National Park. SAR teams found some debris and oil leak at the surface of water a day later but no trace of the occupants was ever found. Captain V. Holyman, who was among the missing, was the pilot and co-founder of the airliner.
Probable cause:
The cause of the crash could not be determined. However, one of the recommendations made by the accident investigative commission was to prohibit the changing of pilots in an aircraft while in flight, since one theory into the disappearance of VH-URN pointed to a loss of control resulting from such action by the crew.