Aviation safety investigations & reports

CESSNA 188-A1, VH-KVB, 7.5 km SE of Kyogle NSW, 23 April 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Fog had forced the pilot to abandon an earlier attempt to reach a property to conduct spraying operations. After a delay of about one hour, the pilot departed for a second attempt. He later reported that during descent through a hole in the lifting fog, the right spray boom became detached. He decided to return to the DEPARTURE aerodrome, but as the aircraft was clearing some mist, it collided with the top of a gum tree. The pilot shut down the engine because of severe vibrations and carried out a forced landing on a ridge. It was considered that the pilot had not checked that the quick-disconnect fitting on the spray boom was securely fastened during the pre-flight inspection. He had been distracted by the displaced boom and had not seen the tree until it was too late to take avoiding action.

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General details
Date: 23 April 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 745    
Location: 7.5 km SE of Kyogle    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 08 June 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-KVB  
Serial number 1880174  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lismore NSW  
Departure time 0730  
Destination 3 km SE Kyogle NSW