Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180G, VH-DJT, Blayney NSW, 22 January 1973

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Status: Completed
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Early In the day the pilot flew the aircraft from Bathurst to an airstrip on a property at Hobby's Yards arriving at about 0630 hours. In conjunction with the pilot of another aircraft operating from the same airstrip it was planned to spread superphosphate on a lightly timbered, relatively flat area. The weather was fine, the wind was calm and the visibility was unrestricted. The aircraft took off in a westerly direction and turned right as before to proceed northward to the nearby spreading area. This flight path entailed about 40 feet high, aligned east-west and flying across a line of widely spaced green gum trees, generally situated outside the spreading area. As the aircraft crossed this line of trees it struck the upper limbs of a dead tree which extended some 30 feet above the general height of the green gums. The aircraft crashed to the ground in a steep nose-down the dead tree.
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General details
Date: 22 January 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0750 ESuT    
Location: Blayney    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 10 April 1974   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-DJT  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Hobby's Yards  
Departure time 0748  
Destination Hobby's Yards  
Last update 01 April 2011