Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech A36, VH-CSS, "Noorooma" Station, 77 km North Brewarrina NSW, 24 June 1980

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Status: Completed
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During a night flight engine failure appeared imminent and pilot elected to land in a clear area near a farmhouse. Weather conditions were reported to be fine with bright moonlight. After circling the area twice at low level the aircraft approached to land with the gear extended and landing lights on. The aircraft subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose down, right wing down attitude. As there was no runway lights installed at the departure aerodrome, the pilot had been anxious to begin the flight before last light. After he had submitted a flight plan he completed a preflight inspection of the aircraft but omitted to accurately determine that the fuel available was sufficient for the flight. Shortly after commencing descent to the destination airport the engine ran roughly and the pilot elected to land on a cleared area adjacent to homestead lights he could see below. The aircraft stalled on late final probably due to the pilot misjudging the landing flare.

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General details
Date: 24 June 1980   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1910    
Location: "Noorooma" Station, 77 km North Brewarrina    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 21 June 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 36  
Aircraft registration VH-CSS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Mitchell QLD  
Departure time 1735  
Destination Bourke NSW  
Last update 02 February 2011