Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235C Pawnee, VH-MCJ, Mount Sunday, Mansfield State Forest, Vic, 28 April 1969

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Status: Completed
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The pilot had completed three aerial seeding flights over areas In timbered and mountainous terrain In a light northerly wind. On the fourth flight he was making runs down a slope from north-east to south-west and, after each run, was repositioning his aircraft at the top of the slope by flying a right hand circuit. At the end of one run and with only a small area to complete, the pilot decided to make a left turn and a finishing run up the slope and to leave the area by turning left again. During the final run he became aware there was Insufficient space to permit the Intended manoeuvre so he turned right toward a lower spur line but realised he was unlikely to clear this. The pilot operated the dump lever, the aircraft settled Into the trees with full power applied and fell to the ground, coming to rest Inverted.
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General details
Date: 28 April 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1610 EST    
Location: Mansfield State Forest    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 24 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-MCJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Delatlte Station Strip  
Departure time 1520  
Destination Delatlte Station Strip  
Last update 13 May 2014