Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172M, VH-IQM, Mount Pleasant SA, 14 August 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Prior to DEPARTURE, the pilot had obtained a weather briefing, which indicated that deteriorating conditions were forecast. This forecast proved to be accurate and the pilot was forced to carry out a number of diversions to remain in visual contact with the ground. The fuel state of the aircraft also became critical, and in the face of further deterioration in the weather conditions, the pilot attempted to land on a racecourse. A normal touchdown was made, but the aircraft slid off the banked track and collided with the inside guard rails.

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General details
Date: 14 August 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1035    
Location: Mount Pleasant    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-IQM  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Balaklava SA  
Departure time 1035  
Destination Murray Bridge SA