NTSB Identification: FTW00RA187
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 31, 2000 in WHYALLA, Australia
Aircraft: Piper PA-31-350, registration:
Injuries: 8 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 31, 2000, at 1905 central standard time, a Piper PA-31-350 twin-engine airplane, Australian Registration VH-MZK, was destroyed during a water ditching following a loss of engine power near Whyalla, State of South Australia, Australia. The commercial pilot and the 7 passengers aboard the commuter flight were fatally injured. The airplane, operating as flight 904, was owned and operated by Whyalla Airlines PTY. LTD., of Whyalla, South Australia. An IFR flight plan was filed for the scheduled commuter flight between Adelaide and Whyalla. The flight departed Adelaide at 1823 and was scheduled to arrive at Whyalla at approximately 1910.

According to preliminary reports, at 1901 the flight was in cruise flight over Spencer Gulf at 6,000 feet when the pilot transmitted a Mayday call to the Flight Service Station, stating that they had experienced a loss of engine power. The airplane impacted the water about 28 kilometers southeast of the Whyalla Airport.

The investigation is under the control and jurisdiction of the Government of Australia. Any further information may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) P.O. Box 967, Civic Square Canberra A.C.T. 2608 Australia This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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