Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172A, VH-ALE, Great Keppel Island, Queensland, 9 March 1969

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was observed in low level flight along the western and northern shores of the island. Approaching-a beach from which a group of men were fishing, the aircraft descended and turned to fly along the waters edge, descending further directly towards the men on the beach. The pilot states that it was his intention to carry out a landing on the beach but it is significant that the tide was full, the width of beach was restricted and the party of fishermen would constitute an obstruction to a landing. Before reaching the location of the fishermen, the aircraft was seen to lurch to the left and the port wing struck the water, bending the wing tip upward and tearing off the outboard section of the aileron. The pilot applied full power and the aircraft successfully climbed away. A landing was subsequently made at Rockhampton without further damage.

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General details
Date: 09 March 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1140 EST    
Location: Great Keppel Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 April 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-ALE  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rockhampton  
Departure time 1110  
Destination Rockhampton  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 200 700
Last update 13 May 2014