Aviation safety investigations & reports

CESSNA 172-M, VH-WYK, 66 km North of Richmond QLD (On Burleigh station QLD), 24 September 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After arriving at the property that morning, the pilot commenced mustering operations. The operations were conducted between 50 feet and 300 feet above ground level throughout the day and all manoeuvres performed appeared normal to ground observers. Later in the afternoon a witness reported that he observed the aircraft perform a steeper than normal climb before diving towards the ground. The aircraft subsequently impacted the ground in a steep nose down, wings level attitude, bounced, then slid forward for 13 metres before the left wing struck a tree. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any defect with the aircraft that could have contributed to the accident. It is probable that the pilot was fatigued after a long day and that he inadvertently allowed the aircraft to stall at the top of the climb. Insufficient height was then available to allow a recovery to be effected.

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General details
Date: 24 September 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1415    
Location: 66 km North of Richmond QLD (On Burleigh station QLD)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 05 July 1985   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-WYK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Strip 10 km North of Burleigh Station Homestead QLD  
Departure time 1415  
Destination DEPARTURE Point  
Last update 13 May 2014