VH-PON Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee
This big Piper was first registered in November
1966. David Carter’s photo above shows it
at Griffith in
1978 when it was based in Melbourne . By August 29,
1981 it was being operated
out of Tyabb, on the
Mornington Peninsula . It was chartered by three men from
Swan Hill for
a fishing trip
to the Northern Territory. After the first two pilots
dropped out, a private pilot
with limited experience and no instrument training agreed to take them.
attempted to fly the
last leg of what was already a long day’s flying, from Leigh Creek to
Springs, after dark.
The pilot became lost. Amid the confusion
over whether he was flying
to the Alice Springs
VOR or from it, he lost control. -PON
broke up in flight during the
attempt. All on board were killed.