Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150, VH-EIS, Wondagee Station(150km NE of Carnarvon) WA, 15 June 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being flown at about 200 feet above ground level in a left turn while the pilot was attempting to locate some sheep. The pilot reported that the aircraft stalled and that during the recovery it struck a bush. This resulted in damage to the right mainplane, right wing strut, right horizontal stabiliser and the brake lines on both mainwheels. The pilot was able to maintain control of the aircraft and land at a nearby airstrip. The pilots attention was diverted from the operation of the aircraft whilst he searched for the sheep and directed the ground party. He had been working long hours and was only obtaining about 4 hours sleep each night and considered that fatigue was a factor in his allowing the airspeed to decay unnoticed.

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General details
Date: 15 June 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 630    
Location: Wondagee Station(150km NE of Carnarvon)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 13 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-EIS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wondagee Station WA  
Departure time 0630  
Destination Wondagee Station WA