Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182C, VH-BIG, South of Hughenden Qld, 27 September 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On the morning of the accident the pilot flew the aircraft from Glenrelgh Station to Hughenden, a distance of 63 nautical miles and arrived at approximately 1000 hours. During the course of the day he consumed a quantity of alcohol. The pilot, who was not qualified for instrument flight, planned to return to Glenreigh that evening but, although last light at Glenrelgh was at 1844 hours, he did not depart Hughenden until 1810 hours and made a planned landing at Peronne Station some 10 minutes later. At about 1825 hours the pilot departed on the 43 nautical mile flight to Glenreigh Station and arrived over the airstrip at about the end of daylight. The aircraft was seen to circle over the strip and make an approach Into the south east with the landing lights Illuminated. A vehicle had been positioned at the side of the north western end of the strip so as to Illuminate the landing area with Its headlights. When the aircraft was almost at the touch down point at the north western end of the strip, the engine power increased and the aircraft climbed away. It made a left hand turn as though to continue around and make another approach. However, when flying above the almost featureless terrain In a position some 2700 feet to the north east of the strip, the aircraft entered a steep dive, crashed to the ground and immediately caught fire. The pilot had been undergoing medical treatment involving tranquilislng and sedative drugs and the possibility exists that this medication interacted with the alcohol consumed to further impair the ability of the pilot.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1848 EST    
Location: Glenreigh Station, Hughenden    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 18 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-BIG  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Peronne Station  
Destination Glenreigh Station  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014