Aviation safety investigations & reports

CAC 18 Mk 22 Mustang, VH-DBB, Bendigo, Vic, 15 February 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Upon reaching a height of approximately 1500 feet, and when in a nose high attitude and probably at a low airspeed, the aircraft entered a very steeply banked turn to the right. Almost immediately, the aircraft flick rolled several times to the right, then adopted a steep nose down attitude together with a rapidly descending, tight, spiral flight path which it maintained until it struck the ground. There was an intense fire which virtually consumed the wreckage. The examination of the wreckage was limited by the destruction but it was established that the engine was delivering considerable power at impact. The possibility that the pilot became incapacitated in flight was considered but rejected on the basis of the medical and operational evidence.
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General details
Date: 15 February 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1524 EST    
Location: Bendigo    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 08 October 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 16 May 2014