Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150F, VH-DFR, Anna Creek Station, SA, 3 March 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After a short local flight the aircraft returned to the landing area and made a low run, at a height estimated as between 30 and 100 feet, in a south-easterly direction and passed near the group of persons on the ground. This was followed by a run at a similar height in a north-westerly direction and a further similar run to the south-east. Shortly after passing near the group of spectators on the third run, a steep climb was commenced and, at the top of the climb, the left wing dropped until the aircraft was almost inverted, the nose lowered and the aircraft rotated to the left as it dived towards the ground. The rotation appeared to cease just before the aircraft struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude and burst into flames.
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General details
Date: 03 March 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1730 CST    
Location: Anna Creek Station    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 April 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-DFR  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Anna Creek Station  
Departure time 1715  
Destination Anna Creek Station  
Last update 13 May 2014