Aviation safety investigations & reports

North American Rockwell Ayers Thrush S2-R, VH-JBN, Mungindi NSW, 2 December 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the conclusion of night spraying operations the pilot departed for Mungindi. Witnesses at the town saw the aircraft overflying at a low height and heading towards the aerodrome, which is about 7 kilometres from the town. Engine noise was then heard to cease and sounds of impact followed. The aircraft had struck the ground 5 kilometres from the aerodrome, and a post-impact fire had engulfed the wreckage. No fault could be found with the aircraft or its systems that could have contributed to the accident. Specialist medical opinion indicated that the pilot had suffered a heart attack before the fire occurred. It was not possible to determine to what extent, if any, the pilot was able to control the aircraft prior to impact.

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General details
Date: 02 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0240 (Aprx)    
Location: Mungindi    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 27 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Ayres Corporation  
Aircraft model S2R  
Aircraft registration VH-JBN  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point "Iolanthe" Property, 50 km of ESE Mungindi NSW  
Departure time 0240(Aprx)  
Destination Mungindi NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014