Aviation safety investigations & reports

Corby CJ-1 Starlet, VH-IHT, Miller's Farm, 32km SW of Busselton WA, 26 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was one of a number conducting a "fly-in" to the property. On arrival overhead the farm, the aircraft was observed to make a low pass over the homestead, during which the pilot attempted to drop flour bombs on the building. While the pilot was attempting to drop the bombs, the right wing of the aircraft stuck a tree about five metres above the ground. The aircraft rolled to the right and collided with the ground beyond the tree. An inspection of the wreckage did not reveal any defects that could have contributed to the accident. The pilot had recently been counselled by members of his Association regarding previous instances of low flying.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 920    
Location: Miller's Farm, 32km SW of Busselton    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 12 March 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer John C Corby  
Aircraft model CJ-1  
Aircraft registration VH-IHT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Pimm's Farm, 34km SSW of Cowaramup WA  
Departure time 0920  
Destination Miller's Farm WA