Aviation safety investigations & reports

Auster J5 Autocrat, VH-KSV, Busselton, WA, 1 December 1973

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Mr. Armstrong purchased the aircraft in June, 1972 and later that year, assisted by two other persons also not authorised to perform such work, modified and fitted to the aircraft a long range fuel tank of unknown history. This work was not recorded in the aircraft log book as is required. The aircraft subsequently underwent a major inspection followed by some 60 hours flying before again being delivered to the owner during September, 1973. Mr. Armstrong then flew the aircraft on various occasions totalling some 11 hours although, being the holder of a student pilot licence, he was not authorised to pilot any aircraft unless he was under the supervision if a flight instructor.
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General details
Date: 01 December 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1450 WST    
Location: Busselton    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 02 August 1974   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Auster Aircraft Ltd  
Aircraft model J5  
Aircraft registration VH-KSV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Lynwood Farm  
Departure time 1435  
Destination Lynwood Farm  
Last update 13 May 2014