Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172A, VH-UEV, Sanderston, SA, 14 July 1974

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At approximately 1259 hours, central standard time, on 14 July, 1974 a parachutist was fatally injured by impact with the ground following a free fall descent near Sanderston, South Australia. Witnesses on the ground saw the three parachutes open but became aware that something was wrong with one which was spiralling to the left and descending much faster than the other two. Observers thought the rigging lines appeared to be twisted for at least three quarters of the way up to the canopy. Just before the parachutist disappeared behind low trees the main parachute was jettisoned and a flash of white was observed as the reserve parachute apparently started to deploy at a very low height.

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General details
Date: 14 July 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1259 CST    
Location   (show map): Sanderston    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 03 December 1974   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172A  
Aircraft registration VH-UEV  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sanderston  
Destination Sanderston  
Last update 13 May 2014