Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182 Q, VH-CKJ, Cooma NSW, 24 August 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After completing an instrument flight at night, the pilot reported his arrival in the circuit area of the destination aerodrome. The aircraft did not land and a search was commenced. The burnt out wreckage was located the following morning. A detailed techical examination of the wreckage did not reveal any evidence of a defect or malfunction which might have contributed to the accident. operation, the pilot did not hold an Instrument Rating. Weather conditions at the destination were suitable for visual operations, but it was a very dark night with no ground lighting other than the runway lights. There was a strong crosswind in the landing direction and moderate turbulence in the area. The post-mortem examination of the pilot indicated a significant level of blood alcohol concentration. It was likely that the pilot lost control of the aircraft while manoeuvring to land in difficult conditions.

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General details
Date: 24 August 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1738    
Location: Cooma    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 April 1986   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-CKJ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time 1738  
Destination Cooma NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014