Aviation safety investigations & reports

VlCta 100, VH-ACZ, 10 miles south of Kingston, SA, 16 December 1969

Investigation number:
196903402
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The aircraft, flown by an employee of the operating company with another employee as passenger, was returning to Kingston S. E. from a strip 23 miles to the south east. The weather was cool and clear with a light south easterly breeze. At approximately 0600 hours GST a small single engined aircraft was observed flying very low towards Kingston about three miles west of the direct track from the departure point and at about 1-| miles east of "Binowie" the property on which the accident occurred. The occupants of "Binowie" Homestead, to whom the pilot was well known, heard an aircraft approach from an easterly direction and fly at a low altitude almost directly overhead. Shortly afterwards smoke was noticed and the crashed burning aircraft was seen 300 yards to the south west of the house. The pilot was found lying clear of the aircraft but the passenger was in the burning wreckage. There is evidence that the aircraft struck the ground in a slightly nose down left wing down attitude at a low forward speed and with a very high rate of descent. The heading of the afrcraft was 055 degrees magnetic which, together with the location of the accident, suggests that after flying over the homestead, the aircraft had turned back towards the house. Examination of the wreckage and a strip inspection of the engine did not indicate any condition or malfunction which might have contributed to the accident. The pilot has stated that he has no clear recollection of the latter stages of the flight.
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General details
Date: 16 December 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0605 CST    
Location: Kingston    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 17 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 100  
Aircraft registration VH-ACZ  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Strip near Greenways  
Departure time 0550  
Destination Kingston S.E.  
Last update 13 May 2014