NTSB Identification: SEA03WA048
Accident occurred Friday, March 14, 2003 in Trefoil Island, Australia
Aircraft: Cessna 172G, registration:
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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

On March 14, 2003, approximately 1750 Australian eastern standard time, a Cessna 172G single-engine airplane, VH-RPI, was destroyed after impacting terrain following a loss of control near Trefoil, Tasmania. The airplane was registered to and operated by Smithton Aerial Services of Wynyard, Tasmania. The commercial pilot and his three passengers sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the charter flight. The flight departed from the Aircraft Landing Area on Trefoil at an unspecified time.

Witnesses reported that the pilot took off on the grass airstrip on a magnetic heading of 280 degrees with a southwesterly wind of 25 knots, gusting to 29 knots, then turned to about 190 degrees. The pilot then turned downwind to about 160 to 170 degrees. The aircraft subsequently departed controlled flight and impacted terrain.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Australia. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
15 Mort Street,
Canberra City ACT 2601
Australia
Telephone 02 6274 6414

This report is for information only and contains only information obtained for or released by the government of Australia.

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