Aviation safety investigations & reports

Percival Proctor MK 3, VH-BXQ, Lake Connewarre, Vic, 30 October 1972

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At a height of about 250 feet, and at a position approximately one mile from the landing field, the aircraft suddenly rolled to the left and dived into the lake, virtually disintegrating on impact. No parts of the port outer flap plywood skin panel could be identified among the severely damaged wreckage. This panel was located, virtually intact, some four weeks after the accident on the shore of the lake l£ miles north east of the accident site. Detailed examination of the total flap structure revealed evidence consistent with the panel having separated from the structure as a result of air loads in flight. It is normal practice in this type of aircraft for flap to be extended on final approach for landing but it was not possible to establish from the evidence available whether or not any flap was in the extended position at the time of impact.

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General details
Date: 30 October 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1855 ESuT    
Location: Lake Connewarre    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 14 August 1973   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Edgar Percival Aircraft Limited  
Aircraft model P.28  
Aircraft registration VH-BXQ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Portarlington  
Departure time 1840  
Destination Polley's Field, Connewarre  
Last update 13 May 2014