Aviation safety investigations & reports

Vlcta Airtourer 100, VH-BWF, Whyalla, SA, 13 May 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot spent most of the day of 12 May, 1974 at the Whyalla Airport and, at about 1730 hours, he adjourned to the club house of the local aero club.

Examination of the wreckage indicated that the aircraft had dived steeply at high speed into soft ground and virtually disintegrated at Impact. There was no evidence of any pre-impact structural failure, system malfunction or mechanical failure which could have contributed to the accident. The pilot's watch had stopped because of Impact damage and indicated 4.25 hours. A comparison of the tachometer reading and the aircraft records indicated that the duration of the final flight was 25 minutes. It seems most likely that the accident occurred before first light on the morning of 13 May at which time light rain was falling from high overcast cloud and there was low cloud with a base of 1,000 to 1,500 feet. The pilot did not hold any instrument rating and was therefore restricted to flight in visual meteorological conditions by day. His log book indicated that he had no instrument flight time and that his night flying experience was limited to one dual flight of 15 minutes some nine months prior to the accident.

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General details
Date: 13 May 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0425 CST    
Location: Whyalla    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 06 June 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 100  
Aircraft registration VH-BWF  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Whyalla  
Departure time 0400  
Last update 13 May 2014