Rossair (Australia)

Rossair Charter was an air charter company based in Adelaide, Australia.[1] In November 2013, it merged with Air South, another South Australia based charter company.[2] In July 2018, the company was placed into voluntary administration [3][4]

IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded19 October 1963
Ceased operationsJuly 2018
Fleet size9
HeadquartersAdelaide, Australia


The company was established in 1963.[1] It was Australia's second oldest continually operating air transport company, the oldest being Qantas.[2] On 1 June 2017 the company ceased operations after one of their aircraft on a training flight crashed in Renmark, South Australia. All 3 on board, including the company's Chief Pilot and a CASA Inspector, were killed[5]. Following this incident the company continued non-flying operations until July 2018 when it was placed into voluntary administration.


As of November 2013 the Rossair fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6]

Incidents and Accidents

  • On 25 January 1972, a Rossair Beechcraft V35A (registered VH-TYA) collided with a radio mast guy wire and subsequently crashed at Compressor Station 13 of the Moomba Natural Gas Pipeline, 65 miles south-east of Leigh Creek, South Australia. All four of the aircraft's occupants were killed.[7]
  • On 1 February 1976, a Rossair Cessna 172 (registered VH-UGC) collided with a Piper PA-28 Cherokee on final approach to Parafield Airport. All four people on board the Rossair Cessna 172 and the sole occupant of the Piper PA-28 Cherokee were killed.[8]
  • On 27 March 1976, a Rossair Cessna 180 (registered VH-TCU) suffered an in-flight breakup over the Adelaide suburb of Blackwood, killing the sole occupant.[9]
  • On 30 May 2017, an accident with a Rossair Cessna 441 (registered VH-XMJ) that took off from Renmark Airport and crashed approximately 4 kilometres away killed all three occupants on board.[10]


  1. Rossair Charter - About Us, retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. Evans, Richard (26 November 2013). "Rossair merges with Air South". The Advertiser (Adelaide). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. "Rossair calls in the Administrators - Australian Flying". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. "Rossair calls in voluntary administrators". The Courier. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. "Rossair chief pilot among dead in Riverland plane crash". ABC News. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  6. Australian civil aircraft register search Archived 6 September 2012 at WebCite, using "Rossair" as the search parameter. Search conducted 20 June 2017.
  7. "Aircraft Accident Investigation Summary Report AS/724/1004" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia: Department of Civil Aviation. 30 August 1972. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. "Cessna 172M Aircraft VH-UGC and Piper PA28-180 Aircraft, VH-UQN Parafield Airport SA, 01 February 1976" (PDF). Air Safety Investigation Branch. November 1976. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  9. "Cessna 180J VH-TCU, over Blackwood, 10 kilometres south of Adelaide, SA, 27 March 1976" (PDF). Air Safety Investigation Branch. 14 June 1979. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  10. "Three dead after light plane crashes near Renmark Aerodrome in the Riverland". The Advertiser (Adelaide). News Corp Australia. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
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