Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188/A1 VH-KQJ, 3 km SE of Finley New South Wales, 7 January 1976

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot commenced aerial spraying operations at about 0620 hours and, by 0920, he had completed four flights. He made no further flights during the day until about 2000 hours when he commenced the first of two flights required to spray a tomato crop. He had previously sprayed this crop on some four occasions during the previous two months. The weather was fine and warm, the wind was calm, there was no cloud and the end of daylight was at 2109 hours.
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General details
Date: 07 January 1976   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2050    
Location: 3 km SE Finlay    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 29 November 1976   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-KQJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Finley NSW  
Departure time 2040  
Destination Finley NSW  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 975 1855
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014