Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fletcher FU-24, Airparts, VH-EOB, near Cowra, NSW, 26 March 1970

Investigation number:
197001264
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The aircraft was spreading superphosphate in undulating country to the south of the Wyangala Dam. The section being treated was approximately one mile distant from the strip. The pilot had completed three sorties since commencing operations on the morning of the accident. After the fourth load had been spread, the aircraft was heard returning to the strip when the engine noise suddenly ceased and simultaneously a loud thud was heard by two loader drivers at the strip. The aircraft had crashed in the spreading area, striking the ground in a very steep nose down attitude. There were no witnesses to the flight path of the aircraft immediately prior to the impact and examination of the wreckage did not reveal any malfunction which may have caused or contributed to the accident.
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General details
Date: 26 March 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0730 EST    
Location: Cowra    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 11 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 16 May 2014