Aviation safety investigations & reports

Victa 115/150, VH-FHP, Cairndale, 16 km WSW of Victor Harbour SA, 9 November 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had arranged to take each of his guests on a scenic flight of the local area. On the second of these flights, the passenger took along a video camera. The aircraft was observed flying at a low altitude and subsequently struck the top wire of a 10 metre high three strand power line. The aircraft then continued towards rising ground, climbed over a row of trees before descending rapidly into the ground. A fire broke out and consumed the fuselage of the aircraft. An inspection of the wreckage revealed that only the underside of the rear of the aircraft had struck the wire. It is considered unlikely that this impact would have adversely effected the control of the aircraft, other than to reduce its airspeed. The inspection did not reveal any other defect that could have contributed to the occurrence. It is probable that as the aircraft was climbed over the trees it stalled and that there was insufficient altitude available for the pilot to recover the aircraft. Both occupants survived the impact but were apparently unable to evacuate the aircraft and died in the subsequent fire.

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General details
Date: 09 November 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145    
Location: Cairndale, 16 km WSW of Victor Harbour    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 29 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 115  
Aircraft registration VH-FHP  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Aldinga SA  
Departure time 1145  
Destination Aldinga SA