Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210N, VH-RSD, 2.5 km NW Bankstown NSW, 7 June 1985

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Status: Completed
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Prior to taxying the pilot had checked the all-up-weight of the aircraft and had performed a thorough pre-flight inspection. The take-off and initial climb appeared to be normal, however when the aircraft had reached a height of about 200 feet there was evidently a loss of performance and no further height was gained. In response to queries from the Control Tower, the pilot indicated that he was returning for landing. During a subsequent turn, control of the aircraft was lost. The left wing dropped sharply and the aircraft entered a near vertical descent, subsequently colliding with a large tree before impacting the ground. A fierce fire broke out and consumed the wreckage. The subsequent investigation was hampered by the extent of the fire damage. It was established that the engine had been subjected to abnormally high operating temperatures, but whether this had occurred immediately before the accident or at some previous time, could not be determined. No other defect was found which might have contributed to the apparent loss of performance and the reason for such loss remains undetermined. The pilot was relatively inexperienced, both in total hours and on the aircraft type. While endeavouring to manoeuvre the aircraft for a return to the aerodrome, he had apparently not realised that the airspeed was decaying, and the aircraft subsequently stalled at a height which was insufficient to allow recovery before impact with the ground.

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General details
Date: 07 June 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1030    
Location: 2.5 km NW Bankstown    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 08 July 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-RSD  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time 1030  
Destination Bourke NSW