Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman AA5A, VH-SZV, 50 Km SW of Coolangatta QLD, 1 December 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As he approached the Macpherson Range the pilot was forced to fly around some hills in order to stay below the cloud base. After crossing a ridge line where the gap beneath the cloud was about 300 feet, the pilot was confronted by a higher ridge. He subsequently advised that the aircraft could not out-climb the terrain and he carried out a controlled entry into the jungle canopy about 200 feet below the top of the ridge. Both wings were torn off however the cabin area came to rest intact.

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General details
Date: 01 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 811    
Location: 50 Km SW of Coolangatta    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 10 May 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model AA-5  
Aircraft registration VH-SZV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Archerfield QLD  
Departure time 0811  
Destination Taree NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014