Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210 L, VH-PQU, 4 km NW of Nyngan NSW, 14 April 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot and three passengers had flown to Nyngan earlier in the evening and had spent about 4 hours on the ground with the owner of a nearby property. Some of the time on the ground was spent at 2 hotels in the township, where alcoholic beverages were consumed by all members of the group. After take off for the return flight, the aircraft flew to the property, where it was observed to pass low over the homestead. The lights of the aircraft disappeared soon after and the sound of a ground impact was heard. The wreckage was discovered about 4 hours later. The aircraft had initially collided with a tree and then rolled inverted and dived into the ground at high speed. The evidence indicated that the pilot was attempting a deliberate low pass over the homestead. During this manoeuvre, he apparently misjudged the height of the aircraft above the ground. A detailed examination of the aircraft did not reveal any mechanical defect which could have contributed to this occurrence. The engine was delivering high power at the time of impact with the ground. A toxicological examination of blood samples taken from the pilot revealed a concentration of blood alcohol, which medical opinion concluded would have adversely affected his rational judgement and manipulative skills.

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General details
Date: 14 April 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2237    
Location: 4 km NW of Nyngan    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 21 October 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-PQU  
Serial number 21060122  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Nyngan NSW  
Departure time 2232 approx  
Destination Cowra NSW