Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 185A, VH-AGK, 45 miles north of Geraldton, WA, 24 August 1969

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft departed Northampton for the Murchison River Gorge with two company employees as passengers, for the purpose of their taking photographs. Over the coastline a descent was made to 500 feet, and the pilot then descended to 70-80 feet above the beach. Some minutes later a large wave struck a rock outcrop ahead of the aircraft and sea water rose high into the air. The pilot attempted to evade the column of water but was unable to do so and the starboard mainplane struck it, and was substantially damaged. The pilot then landed at a nearby airstrip and inspected the damaged aircraft and, after deciding it was safe to fly, he then flew back to Northampton. The aircraft was later flown to Jandakot without repairs being effected.
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General details
Date: 24 August 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430 WST    
Location: Geraldton    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 06 May 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 185  
Aircraft registration VH-AGK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Northampton  
Departure time 1400  
Destination Northampton  
Last update 13 May 2014