Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182-H, VH-KMM, Ord River Homestead WA, 13 August 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The destination was served by two landing sites - an ALA near the homestead and a licenced strip 12 kilometres to the north. The pilot elected not to use either, but made an approach to a road adjacent to the homestead. The usable length of this road was 450 metres and the width was less than 3 metres. The approach was made over a shed in light downwind conditions. Touchdown occurred about 200 metres from the end of the road, and the pilot then attempted to go-around. During this attempt the aircraft struck three wire fences before colliding heavily with a tree. Fire broke out and gutted the wreckage. The reason the pilot elected to land on the road and not one of the available ALAs could not be determined, although it is possible his decision was influenced by one of his passengers. Once the pilot elected to go-around, it seems likely that he became concerned about avoiding a 10 metre high tree located directly ahead off the end of the road. Witness reports and wheel marks indicate that a slight left turn was made almost as soon as the aircraft lifted off, presumably to miss that tree. However, the left turn took the aircraft towards the line of fences which ran almost at right angles to the flight path, just off the road. These fences would have been difficult to see, and it is unlikely that the pilot was aware of their presence. Control of the aircraft was lost when it struck the fences.

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General details
Date: 13 August 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 924    
Location: Ord River Homestead    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 10 March 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-KMM  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Kununurra WA  
Departure time 0924  
Destination Ord River WA