Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180J VH-TCU, over Blackwood, 10 kilometres south of Adelaide, SA, 27 March 1976

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The flight was arranged by the pilot with the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia and was to bo conducted in accordance with FAI rules governing a class of aeroplanes having piston engines and weighing from 1000 kilograms to less than 1750 kilograms. An observer was appointed to monitor the attempt. He witnessed the weighing of the aircraft and also installed a sealed barograph which was intended to substantiate the actual altitude reached.

The pilot was a flying instructor and charter pilot in the employ of Rossair Pty. Ltd. and that company assigned the aircraft for the attempt on the altitude record.

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General details
Date: 27 March 1976   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1222 CST    
Location: Blackwood, 10 km S Adelaide    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 14 June 1979   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-TCU  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time 1210  
Destination Parafield SA  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Senior Commercial 3 2710
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 10 June 2014