Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172A, VH-UEV, Lower Light, SA, 12 March 1972

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At 1109 hours CST on 12 March, 1972, a parachutist was fatally injured by impact with the ground following a free fall descent at Lower Light, South Australia. The weather was not a factor in the accident and the dropping zone was satisfactory. When the main parachute was inspected after the accident the pins were found to have been extracted from the cones and the folded parachute, still contained in the sleeve, was beneath the pack in a manner consistent with the pack having opened at impact. The ripcord handle was partly withdrawn, also in a manner consistent with this having occurred at impact.
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General details
Date: 12 March 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1109 CST    
Location   (show map): Lower Light    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 05 April 1973   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172A  
Aircraft registration VH-UEV  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Lower Light  
Destination Lower Light  
Last update 13 May 2014