Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna C150F, VH-RWI, Roy Hill Station (72 km NNE Newman) WA, 16 May 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was carrying out a cattle-spotting operation prior to the commencement of the muster. He descended the aircraft to 500 feet above the ground to get a better view of some animals amongst the trees. The pilot reported that as the aircraft was being returned to level flight it was affected by severe turbulence and the pilot's door became unlatched. While attempting to close the door he noticed that the indicated airspeed had reduced and that the aircraft was continuing to sink. A turn to the right, to clear the area of turbulence, was commenced but during the turn the aircraft stalled and entered a spin. Attempts to recover from the spin were unsuccessful and the aircraft struck the ground in a nose down attitude while turning to the right.

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General details
Date: 16 May 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 700    
Location: Roy Hill Station (72 km NNE Newman)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 06 July 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-RWI  
Serial number 150-61851  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Roy Hill Station WA  
Departure time 0700  
Destination Roy Hill Station WA