Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A150K, VH-DXB, Jimba Jimba Station, 73 miles ESE of Carnarvon, WA, 12 May 1974

Investigation number:
197405989
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On its return to the mustering area, communication was established with a stockman riding a motor cycle who was directed towards some straggling sheep. The aircraft then dived to a low height to indicate the position of the stragglers.

An impact noise was heard shortly afterwards. Examination of the wreckage indicated that the aircraft had struck the ground in a very steep nose down attitude consistent with an uncompleted recovery from a stall. There was no evidence of any engine defect and it was established that aircraft had adequate- fuel.

On its return to the mustering area, communication was established with a stockman riding a motor cycle who was directed towards some straggling sheep. The aircraft then dived to a low height to indicate the position of the stragglers. As the aircraft pulled up from the dive the pilot said that he had lost sight of the sheep and would dive towards their position again. The aircraft again dived to a low height and climbed away with the wings level. As it commenced to level out at a height estimated as between 300 and 500 feet, the engine noise was heard to cease and it then passed out of the stockman's sight behind a tree. An impact noise was heard shortly afterwards. Examination of the wreckage Indicated that the aircraft had struck the ground in a very steep nose down attitude consistent with an uncompleted recovery from a stall. There was no evidence of any engine defect and it was established that aircraft had adequate- fuel.

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General details
Date: 12 May 1974   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1310 WST    
Location: Jimba Jimba Station, Carnarvon    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 03 February 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-DXB  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Mooka Station  
Departure time 1245  
Last update 13 May 2014