Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180, VH-BGB, Corowa NSW, 12 September 1969

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Status: Completed
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During the night before the accident the pilot consumed a considerable quantity of alcoholic liquor and he retired to bed at about 0230 hours. Later that morning at approximately 1100 hours, he entered a hotel bar at Sea Lake and left about mid-day after consuming alcoholic liquor. Accompanied by the three passengers who had been drinking with him in the hotel, the pilot refuelled the aircraft before taking off for Albury. The weather conditions were good. During the flight of l| hours at least six bottles of beer were consumed by the occupants. On several occasions the aircraft descended close to the ground and on one such occasion the aircraft flew through a barley crop to a depth of at least two feet, and climbed away with the spray boom bent and barley stalks trailing from the structure,, Some time later the aircraft descended below tree top height, began a steep bank to the right across the boundary fence of a cleared paddock and struck the ground with the right wing tip approximately 80 feet beyond the fence. The aircraft then dived into the ground and was destroyed. The two surviving passengers were thrown clear of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 12 September 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1515 EST    
Location: near Corowa    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 26 August 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-BGB  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Sea Lake, Victoria  
Destination Albury, NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014