Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188 B, VH-JAS, 28 km West Tamworth NSW, 7 September 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Spraying operations were being conducted in generally calm weather conditions. One load had been sprayed successfully, but the pilot later advised that, as he manoeuvred at the end of the second run with the next load, sink was encountered. Although he dumped the remainder of the load, he reported that he had insufficient time to increase power. The aircraft collided with a tree, then struck the edge of a road and groundlooped into an adjacent crop. Weather conditions at the time were unlikely to have produced any sink. It was probable that while turning towards rising ground the pilot misjudged the slope of the terrain. The aircraft had stalled, with insufficient height available in which to effect a recovery.

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General details
Date: 07 September 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 745    
Location: 28 km West Tamworth    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 12 February 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-JAS  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Carroll NSW  
Departure time 0745  
Destination Carroll NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014