Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 310H, VH-WRG, Wilkurra Homestead, NSW, 2 April 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Parts of the tail plane were found in an area 550 metres from the main wreckage. Examination of these parts revealed evidence of failure as a result of in-flight loads being experienced in excess of their ultimate structural strength. There was no evidence of any pre-existing structural deficiency in the failed components. The nature and direction of the tailplane failures show they could only have occurred in a grossly abnormal condition of flight such as a complete loss of control. Very active thunderstorms were reported in the area at about the estimated time of the accident. These could have Induced a loss of control arising either from pilot disorientation in cloud or an upset in severe turbulence.
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General details
Date: 02 April 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130 EST    
Location: Wilkurra Homestead    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 28 February 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 310  
Aircraft registration VH-WRG  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Broken Hill  
Departure time 1046  
Destination Moorabbin  
Last update 13 May 2014