Date & Time: Jul 8, 2005 at 1725 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-OAO
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Melbourne-Mount Hotham
MSN:
31-8252021
YOM:
1982
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
4770
Captain / Total hours on type:
1269
Aircraft flight hours:
9137
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft was performing a special flight from Melbourne to Mount Hotham airfield, in the Victoria Alps. While descending in bad weather, the aircraft struck trees and crashed in a wooded area, 4 km south-east of airport. All occupants died. Among them was the Gold Coast multi-millionaire Brian Ray and his wife. The pilot accumulated 4,770 flying hours within 1,269 on PA-31.