Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A152, VH-BYS, Dry Creek, 6km WSW of Parafield SA, 7 June 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had intended to carry out aerobatic practice in the Dry Creek Aerobatic Training Area. After DEPARTURE, the pilot requested, and was cleared to operate in the Dry Creek area up to an altitude of 3500 feet. The aircraft was then observed to be spinning and crashed into a salt evaporation pan. The investigation revealed no pre-existing defects with the aircraft or its systems which may have contributed to the pilots inability to effect recovery from the spin. However, it was found that, at the time of the accident, the weight of the aircraft exceeded the maximum allowable by about 26 kilograms. The pilot was a member of a local aerobatic club and had accumulated some 30 hours of aerobatic flight. He had been assessed by his instructors and other experienced club members as a competent aerobatic pilot. The circumstances surrounding the entry to the spin and reasons for the pilots apparent inability to recover from the manoeuvre could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 07 June 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1248    
Location: Dry Creek, 6km WSW of Parafield    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 June 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-BYS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time 1248  
Destination Parafield SA