Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182E, VH-CDV, Corowa NSW, 19 September 1982

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was attempting to take-off at night from an unlit runway, using the headlights of a car positioned at the upwind threshold for guidance. After becoming airborne the aircraft failed to climb away normally and collided with the car, killing one of the occupants. Although the aircraft had sustained substantial damage it remained airborne, and a safe landing was carried out at the planned destination. It was calculated that the aircraft was travelling at an approximate airspeed of 105 kt when it struck the car. No fault was found with the aircraft that would have prevented it from climbing normally after lift off. The reason the aircraft failed to climb could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 19 September 1982   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2035    
Location   (show map): Corowa    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 April 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-CDV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Corowa NSW  
Departure time 2035  
Destination Albury NSW  
Last update 03 June 2014