Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-R201, VH-FSD, 95 km SW of Dubbo NSW, 24 March 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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While cruising at 6000 feet on a night VMC flight the pilot encountered a heavy rain shower. During an attempted 180 degree turn the aircraft entered a spiral dive and in the recovery from this dive the aircraft was evidently overstressed. After diverting to Parkes the pilot flew to his planned destination on the following day. The damage sustained by the wings was not detected until a subsequent daily inspection.

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General details
Date: 24 March 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: 95 km SW of Dubbo    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 24 April 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-FSD  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Moree NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Griffith NSW  
Last update 01 April 2011