Accident Cessna 175 Skylark VH-EIM, Saturday 1 January 1966
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Date:Saturday 1 January 1966
Time:c. 18:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C175 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 175 Skylark
Registration: VH-EIM
MSN: 55487
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Riverland Homestead, Canopus Station, SA, ca 250 km NE Adelaide -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Canopus Station, South Australia
Destination airport:Canopus Station, South Australia
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The pilot of a Cessna 175 took four children for a local flight from a station homestead in Australia.
After takeoff, over the southern end of the strip, the aircraft rolled into a left turn towards the homestead and, as
it approached, the pilot progressively steepened the turn to bring the aircraft around the house. As the turn
tightened and the angle of bank increased, the nose of the aircraft began to drop and it lost height. The aircraft nosed down more rapidly as the turn further steepened, and it finally dived out of view on the other side of the homestead in a near vertical bank and a steep nose-down attitude. Almost immediately, there was a noise of violent impact and dense black smoke rose from beyond the house.

Ex-US Registered N7187M; first registered in Australia as VH-EIM on 27/5/1959. Written off 1/1/1966 when crashed at Canopus Station, South Australia, approximately 250 km northeast of Adelaide, SA. All five persons on board were killed. Per eyewitness report from a friend of one of those killed:

"The accident, from my recollection, occurred at Canopus Station, near Morgan, SA, on New Years Day 1966. The aircraft was a Cessna which crashed immediately after takeoff, killing the pilot (Russell Tiver) and 4 young passengers, David and William Radford who lived at Canegrass Station and Peter Daniel and his sister Janne whom I believe lived in the area at the time. I was at a boarding school at the time and knew the two Radford boys."

"My memory is that the Daniel family had gone to the Riverland Homestead to stay with the Radford family over Christmas. A decision was made for all the children to go off on a "joy-flight" which ended tragically for all 3 families"

At the time of the crash David Radford was aged 15, William (Bill) Radford was 12, Janne Daniel was aged 15, and Peter Daniel was aged 12. The pilot, Russell Tiver was aged 23




Photo: Department of Civil Aviation Australia

Revision history:

16-Jun-2013 13:16 Uli Elch Added
16-Jun-2013 14:15 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
31-Mar-2014 03:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2014 01:29 angels one five Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 18:55 harro Updated [Time, Destination airport, Narrative, Photo]

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