Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188B-A1, VH-IEQ, Forest Vale Station (60km N Mitchell) QLD, 9 November 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot stated that when he returned to land after a spreading operation he noticed a dust devil about half way along the strip. The chief pilot, who was on the ground near the southern end of the strip, also noticed the dust devil, and warned the pilot on the company radio. The pilot circled near the northern end of the strip until the dust devil moved off the strip to the west and into the trees. A normal approach and landing was then made from the north. During the landing roll the pilot noticed that the dust devil had reappeared from the trees, and was moving directly into his landing path. Maximum braking was applied, but the aircraft encountered the dust devil and became uncontrollable in the turbulence. The propeller struck the ground and the aircraft slid sideways to the left for forty metres. During the slide, the left wheel axle bolts sheared and the left wing struck the ground.

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General details
Date: 09 November 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Forest Vale Station (60km N Mitchell)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 13 March 1989   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-IEQ  
Serial number 18801652  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Forest Vale Station QLD  
Departure time 1350  
Destination Forest Vale Station QLD