NTSB Identification: LAX05WA228
Accident occurred Friday, July 08, 2005 in Mount Hotham, Australia
Aircraft: Piper PA-31-350, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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

On July 8, 2005, at 0726 coordinated universal time (UTC), a Piper PA-31-350, Australian registry VH-OAO, collided with mountainous terrain during an approach for landing at Mount Hotham Aerodrome (MHU), Victoria, Australia. The flight departed Essendon (YMEN), Victoria, and was destined for MHU. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. The wreckage was located at 37 degrees 02.68 minutes south latitude and 147 degrees 20 minutes east longitude.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of, and is being investigated by, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Further information can be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
15 Mort Street, Braddon ACT 2612, Australia
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square ACT 2608, Australia

Phone +61 2 6274 6464
Fax +61 2 6274 6699
Web site www.atsb.gov.au

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