Date & Time: Nov 7, 2008 at 2024 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-OPC
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Melbourne-Bathurst-Port Macquarie
MSN:
31-7952082
YOM:
1979
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2061
Aircraft flight hours:
11000
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft crashed shortly after take off from Bathurst airport, outbound for Port Macquarie. The aircraft hit trees and crashed in an open field located 3 km from airport. All 4 occupants were killed. According ATSB, investigation was unable to establish why the aircraft collided with terrain; however, pilot spatial disorientation or pilot incapacitation could not be discounted.