Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna U206-G, VH-HIS, Spoonbill Station, 130 km NNW Julia Creek QLD, 16 March 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Approaching the destination, the pilot noticed that rain had recently fallen on the strip. The pilot stated that he overflew the strip but wished to ascertain the amount of rain that had fallen before attempting to land. He reported that an inspection run was conducted, however, a strong tailwind component existed and the resulting groundspeed was too high to enable an adequate inspection to be made. A procedure turn onto a reciprocal heading was carried-out, and the aircraft placed in the approach configuration. This inspection run was intended to be flown at a height of about 200 feet above the ground, and additional engine power was introduced as required to compensate for downdraughts. During the inspection the aircraft struck a power line about 20 feet above a road, and subsequently landed heavily on the sloping roadside. Information available at the accident site indicated that the pilot was either landing or preparing to land on the road.

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General details
Date: 16 March 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1810    
Location: Spoonbill Station, 130 km NNW Julia Creek    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 06 September 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-HIS  
Serial number U20606348  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mt Isa QLD  
Departure time 1717  
Destination Spoonbill Station QLD