Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna U206-G (Floatplane), VH-SFU, 2km West of Tipplers' Passage QLD, 23 August 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was demonstrating step turns whilst taxiing - to his passenger who holds a pilot licence. Whilst turning left at 30 to 35 knots the aircraft hit a submerged sandbar, in about 15 centimetres of water, and flipped onto its back. The passenger received a lacerated ankle. The pilot stated that the sandbar was not visible due to a combination of an overcast sky and a ripple on the surface of the channel.

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General details
Date: 23 August 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1235    
Location: 2km West of Tipplers' Passage    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 13 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-SFU  
Serial number U206-04725  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tipplers' Passage QLD  
Departure time 1230  
Destination Tipplers' Passage QLD