Aviation safety investigations & reports

Sapphire, 250052 (AUF), Bangholme (Melbourne Suburb) VIC, 5 December 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On arrival at his destination the pilot is reported to have overflown a house near the strip before entering a steep climb to an altitude of about 300 feet. The aircraft was then observed to enter a steep left turn and dive into the ground. The pilot received head injuries in the accident and had only limited recall of the events of the day. However, it appears likely that the aircraft was stalled during the steep turn and entered a spiral/spin from which the pilot was apparently unable to recover. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 05 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1705    
Location   (show map): Bangholme (Melbourne Suburb)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 15 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Scott Winton  
Aircraft model Sapphire  
Aircraft registration 25-0052  
Serial number N/A  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bangholme VIC  
Departure time 1600 (Approx)  
Destination Bangholme VIC