Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172P, VH-WRX, Wiluna WA, 20 July 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Immediately after take-off the aircraft was seen to enter a steep climbing turn to the left. After turning through about 135 deg, and at an estimated height of 100 to 150 ft agl, the aircraft suddenly pitched nose down and lost height. The aircraft collided with a tree prior to impacting the ground in a nose-low left wing down attitude. The investigation did not reveal any mechanical faults with the aircraft that could have contributed to this accident. The pilot had been flying and working long hours and had been seen to hurry his circuit procedures in the past. On this occasion adequate flying speed was not maintained for the manoeuvre being attempted. The turn after take-off was made into the late afternoon sun and it is possible that the pilot`s vision was affected by sun-glare.

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General details
Date: 20 July 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1640    
Location: Wiluna    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 08 March 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WRX  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Wiluna WA  
Departure time 1640  
Destination Lake Way Station WA  
Last update 13 May 2014