Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft 200-C, VH-AMM, En-route Bourke - Dubbo NSW, 23 May 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was cruising at flight level 170 in clear conditions at night. Although no thunderstorms had been forecast, the crew observed some electrical activity on the intended track. The weather radar was reported to have been functioning normally and detected scattered cells. The pilot under check elected to divert to the right of the track to remain clear of those cells and also activated the seatbelt warning chimes twice to alert the nursing sister seated in the cabin. The Captain reported that, although it was dark, ground lights and the weather radar indicated that there were no cloud build-ups ahead of the aircraft after the diversion. Shortly after, the aircraft encountered an area of severe turbulence associated with wispy cloud. During that encounter, one of two stretcher patients sustained minor facial injuries after striking nearby equipment. Both stretcher patients had been restrained at the time of the occurrence.

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General details
Date: 23 May 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1900 Approx.    
Location: En-route Bourke - Dubbo    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 27 June 1989   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 200  
Aircraft registration VH-AMM  
Serial number BL-125  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bourke NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Dubbo NSW