Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172E, VH-DKT, Esperance, WA, 2 February 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was engaged on a local sight seeing flight and the gross weight of the aircraft was close to the maximum permitted. The only previous occasion on which the pilot had flown a fully laden aircraft was during a check by his instructor on 21st December, 1969 at which time flying conditions were good. The pilot elected to take-off on the 03 strip into a light north easterly wind. During the take-off the pilot noticed that the wind had become gusty. When the airspeed had reached about 50 knots the aircraft became airborne and shortly afterwards the pilot heard the stall warning horn sound. He lowered the nose to increase speed but soon thereafter he raised the nose of the aircraft to climb, the stall warning horn again sounded and the aircraft veered and began a turn to the right as the right wing dropped. The pilot attempted to continue the turn to land back on the aerodrome but, when he believed that he was losing control of the aircraft, he attempted to level it and reduced power preparatory to letting the aircraft settle in light scrub. The aircraft stalled from a height of about 25 feet with the right wing striking the ground first.
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General details
Date: 02 February 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330 WST    
Location: Esperance    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 23 August 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-DKT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Esperance  
Departure time 1330  
Destination Esperance  
Last update 16 May 2014