Date & Time: Oct 21, 1949 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Wyndham – Coolibah – Tennant Creek
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The pilot George C. 'Colin' Johnston was performing a flight from Wyndham to Tennant Creek with an intermediate stop in Coolibah, NT. The twin engine aircraft landed at 1210LT and some mail was delivered to the pilot who took off at 1300LT. Shortly after liftoff, while in initial climb, the aircraft banked left and crashed in a huge explosion. The pilot was killed.
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. However, it was probably the result of severe turbulences and reduced performance due to a high density altitude.