Imported in January 1981, ex N61287, and registered to Harold Kyle of
Runaway Bay (northern
Gold Coast). It was sold in August 1982 to Ted von Neda of Air
Harbour, Cooktown, N.Q. It
appears that the owner was dba Amphibious Airways since Geoff Goodall
took the above shot at
April 1984 and on the 5th of that month VH-SFS suffered an accident
some 26 nm NNW
. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau occurrence brief states that
"About 12 minutes
the pilot reported engine problems and subsequent total power failure.
Pilot was then
committed to a forced landing at sea. The sea swell was high and
the aircraft cartwheeled on landing".
one fatality, although three occupants escaped uninjured.
The registration was canceled
day (5 April 1984). Air Britain member Greg Thom indicates
that bits of the fuselage,
and other sundry items from the Cessna were in a junk compound at
Moorabbin Airport in the