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2009 Pel-Air

Westwind aircraft accident November 2009, near Norfolk Island, Australia. A Westwind II jet operated by Pel-Air was conducting an air ambulance flight for CareFlight International when it was forced to ditch after being unable to land in bad weather and did not have sufficient fuel to divert to an alternate destination. Report https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2009/aair/ao-2009-072/ Article: https://australianaviation.com.au/2018/04/pel-air-revisited/

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2005 Lockhart River

Fifteen people, including two crew, died in 2005 when a twin-engined Metroliner aircraft crashed into a hillside on approach to the Lockhart River Airport in Far North Queensland. Report: https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2020/aair/ao-2020-017/

Aero Commander 690

1994 Seaview, October

An Aero Commander 690 was flying as a regular public transport flight from Williamtown to Lord Howe Island, but failed to arrive. An extensive air and sea search failed to locate the aircraft or its nine occupants (eight passengers and the pilot). Only a small number of pieces of the aircraft were found floating on …

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Piper PA 31

1993 Monarch, June

A Piper PA31-350 Navajo Chieftain was being operated as Monarch Airlines flight OB301 on a regular public transport service from Sydney to Young. It was on landing approach to runway 01 in conditions of low cloud and darkness, when it struck trees at Young aerodrome, New South Wales, and crashed. All seven occupants, including the …

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1960 TAA Flight 538

1960 TAA Flight 538

June 1960. A Fokker Friendship passenger aircraft operated by Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) was on approach at night to land at Mackay, Queensland, Australia when it crashed into the sea. All 29 people on board TAA Flight 538 were killed.

SkymasterAmana Douglas DC 4

1950 National Airways Douglas DC-4

The ‘Amana’, June 1950. The aircraft crashed in bushland near York, Western Australia, burning on impact, with 28 people dying instantly (there was one survivor who later died from his injuries). Macarthur Job covered the accident in the September-October issue of ‘Flight Safety Australia’ magazine.

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Sue Burdekin

Life member of Safeskies from 2020

Most recently, Sue Burdekin was the Aviation Program Coordinator in ADFA’s School of Engineering and Information Technology. She is a highly credentialled academic and researcher in human factors; and has been a senior lecturer in human factors and aviation safety since 2001. She has had experience in GA management and is a commercial pilot. She is a committee member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology, the Australian Aviation Psychology Association, the International Society of Air Safety Investigation, the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (a former state president), and a former board member of Safeskies.

She and her partner, Dr Robert (Rob) Lee, were regular speakers at Safeskies, bringing their wide-ranging and considerable human factors expertise to the conferences.