Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300, VH-PPF, 33km West of Peterborough SA, 22 October 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot and his passengers had arranged to fly to Wagga Wagga to attend an agricultural seminar. He had flown the aircraft from his home base to spend the night at Melrose, with a friend, before departing the following morning. Prior to DEPARTURE, the pilot obtained a weather forecast for the route to be flown. He then submitted flight details that indicated the flight would be conducted in accordance with visual flight rules. The aircraft was later observed to take-off and head towards the north-east. Approximately 40 minutes after the aircraft departed the wreckage was sighted by a passing motorist. Ground marks indicate that the aircraft had struck the ground while heading in a north-westerly direction. Both the forecast and actual weather conditions at the time of DEPARTURE and the time of the accident indicated the presence of low cloud, poor visibility and rain in the area. These conditions were below those required for flight in accordance with visual flight rules. An inspection of the wreckage revealed that the aircraft had struck the ground at a relatively low forward speed between two areas of rising terrain. No fault was found with the aircraft that could have contributed to the occurrence.

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General details
Date: 22 October 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 633    
Location: 33km West of Peterborough    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-PPF  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point White Well, 7km SE of Melrose SA  
Departure time 0633  
Destination Mildura Vic.