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Cessna 182J, VH-MJH, Mountain View near Warragul, Vic, 11 October 1974

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Status: Completed
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The unmarked area being used as an agricultural airstrip was situated on a narrow ridge aligned north/south. There was high ground to the north and wide deep valleys in all other directions and it was necessary for landings to be made to the north and take-offs to the south. The strip was 365 metres long and it curved 15 degrees to the left at a point 243 metres from the southern end. It sloped down at 2.75 degrees for the first 152 metres and then rose at a 4 degree angle to the loading area which was near level. The central section was about 11 metres wide and the surface of short grass and bare earth was smooth.

The aircraft touched down at about the point where the longitudinal slope changed and in the long grass to the right of the central section. The aircraft ran parallel to the southern portion of the strip and the pilot attempted to steer it left into alignment with the northern section. Although the heading of the aircraft was changed to the left, the wheels skidded on the surface, the path of the aircraft did not change and it failed to follow the curve of the strip. As the aircraft approached a gully where the ground fell away steeply, the pilot applied full engine power in an attempt to "go around". The aircraft became airborne at low speed as the ground fell away but it then descended, struck the steeply sloping ground and overturned. It came to rest at a level about 100 feet below that of the northern end of the strip.

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General details
Date: 11 October 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145 EST    
Location: Mountain View near Warragul    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 30 December 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-MJH  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Longwarry  
Departure time 1130  
Destination Mountain View  
Last update 13 May 2014