Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech C35, VH-AKI, 20 km West of Cheepie QLD, 5 September 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being operated at between 500 feet and 1000 feet above ground level. The pilot was in frequent communication with motor cyclists on the ground. After about two and a half hours one of the motor cyclists observed the aircraft enter a shallow descent and a slight left turn. The aircraft continued in this attitude until the left wing struck a tree, it then rolled rapidly to the right before the right wing and nose struck the ground about 25 metres beyond the tree. An inspection of the aircraft did not reveal any faults which could have contributed to this occurrence. The pilot was recovering from an upper respiratory tract viral infection at the time of the accident. It is possible that his physical condition combined with the relatively high workload involved in sheep spotting caused a degredation in perception which resulted in an inadvertent loss of altitude.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 930    
Location: 20 km West of Cheepie    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 18 June 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-AKI  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point 25km West of Cheepie QLD  
Departure time 0930  
Destination 25km West of Cheepie QLD