Aviation safety investigations & reports

Skycraft Scout Mk3, Not Registered, 5km West of Mannum SA, 11 March 1986

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Status: Completed
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About 30 minutes after takeoff the aircraft was observed by witnesses to be heading in an easterly direction at about 500 feet above ground level. It was then seen to turn left, head north and commence a gradual descent. The witnesses then reported that another left turn was commenced and both wings folded back. The aircraft entered a steep descent before impacting with the ground. An inspection of the aircraft revealed that the left wing front drag cable had failed, due to fatigue and overload, at the forward end near to the attachment point. The failure of this cable resulted in the wings folding. The manufacturer of the aircraft had published a technical bulletin some seven months prior to the accident recommending that owners replace all the wires on their aircraft and fit a double drag brace system. The owner pilot of this aircraft was aware of the recommendation but had not made the nesessary modifications.

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General details
Date: 11 March 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1900    
Location: 5km West of Mannum    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 17 November 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Skycraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Skycraft Scout Mk3  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Rosenzweig Farm, 6km North-west of Mannum SA  
Departure time 1900  
Destination Rosenzweig Farm SA