Aviation safety investigations & reports

Jester Dual Seater, Not registered, 8km N of Yeppoon QLD, 6 April 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being used for dual instruction when the attention of witnesses standing on the beach was drawn to it by a loud report. The aircraft was observed to be falling almost vertically, with both wings trailing, from an altitude of about 150 feet. It impacted in the sea about 100 metres from the shore and disappeared. Inspection of the wreckage found that the design of the control system was such that with certain control inputs the rear control cables could foul the propeller. On this occasion the left rear control cable had been severed by the propeller and this had resulted in the total collapse of the wing.

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General details
Date: 06 April 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1730    
Location: 8km N of Yeppoon    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 05 March 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Unknown  
Aircraft model Jester Dual Seater  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Farnborough Beach QLD  
Departure time 1730  
Destination Farnborough Beach QLD