Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain - Cohen Condor 3, Jaspers Brush NSW, 9 February 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had only limited flying experience and had not flown at all for more than 12 months. He had owned the aircraft for about 5 years. On the day preceding the accident, the pilot carried out a number of short hops along the strip in the aircraft, but did not attempt to conduct a circuit. Other pilots who were watching reported that the aircraft porpoised during the hops, although the type was regarded as being stable and easy to fly. On the following morning, the pilot commenced a flight in company with two other aircraft. Shortly after take-off, he turned left and tracked towards the north, while the other pilots flew south. His aircraft was last observed to be flying at about 50 to 100 feet above the ground. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered about 15 minutes later. The subsequent investigation failed to reveal any defect or malfunction of the aircraft which might have led to the accident. Weather conditions were fine and warm and were not considered to have been a factor. Although it was probable that the pilot had mis-handled the flight controls, the precise reasons for the accident could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 09 February 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0610 (aprx)    
Location: Jaspers Brush    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 25 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Condor Aircraft Inc  
Aircraft model Condor 3  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Jaspers Brush NSW  
Departure time 605  
Destination Jaspers Brush NSW  
Last update 17 March 2016