Accident Beechcraft 58 Baron VH-ENA, Wednesday 5 January 1977
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Date:Wednesday 5 January 1977
Time:c. 10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE58 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58 Baron
Registration: VH-ENA
MSN: TH-83
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Alice Springs Airport, NT -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:YWYM (Wyndham Airport)
Destination airport:YBAS (Alice Springs Airport)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A disgruntled former employee of Connellan Airways (Connair) and Ord Air Charter, Colin Richard Forman, aged 23, stole an Ord Air Charter Beechcraft 58 Baron from Wyndham Airport, Western Australia, and flew the four-hour flight to Alice Springs Airport in the Northern Territory for the sole purpose of carrying out a suicide attack on his former employer, with the stated aim to "kill and maim" as many Connair employees as possible. Forman flew the Baron into the Connair complex killing four company employees, including Roger Connellan, son of the airline's founder, Edward Connellan. Two engineers and a company secretary were also killed. The death toll might have been higher had it not been that Forman had not factored in the time difference between the two states. He had planned to crash the aircraft into the building during the 10 a.m. tea break, but in fact, it was an hour later in Alice Springs and most of the staff had vacated that area of the building.


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Revision history:

06-Jan-2017 23:46 Topaz Added
15-Jan-2017 01:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature]
07-Jun-2022 10:18 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
06-Jul-2024 19:52 Turbulator Updated [Narrative]
06-Jul-2024 19:52 ASN Updated [Operator]

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