Date: September 04, 2000
Time: 15:10Z
Location: Near Burketown, Australia
Operator: Charter - Central Air
Flight #: ?
Route: Perth - ?
AC Type: Beechcraft SKA 200
Registration: VH-SKC
cn / ln: BB-47
Aboard: 8   (passengers:7  crew:1)
Fatalities: 8   (passengers:7  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: Shortly after departing Perth and after the aircraft had climbed through its assigned altitude, the pilotís speech became significantly impaired and he appeared unable to respond to ATS instructions. Open microphone transmissions over the next 8-minutes revealed the progressive deterioration of the pilot towards unconsciousness and the absence of any sounds of passenger activity in the aircraft. No human response of any kind was detected for the remainder of the flight. Five hours after taking off from Perth, the aircraft impacted the ground 65 km ESE of Burketown, Queensland, and was destroyed. Incapacitation of the pilot and passengers a result of hypobaric hypoxia due to the aircraft being fully or partially unpressurised and their not receiving supplemental oxygen. The investigation could not determine the reason for the aircraft being unpressurised, or why the pilot and passengers did not receive supplemental oxygen.

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