Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman AA5B, VH-IFT, 8 km SE Lithgow NSW, 28 June 1989

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Status: Completed
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During a flight from Orange to Camden, the pilot was unable to proceed beyond the Hartley Valley due to low cloud on the ranges. He attempted to return to Orange but found that route was also blocked by deteriorating weather conditions. In decreasing light, the pilot began a search and located a paddock where he conducted a precautionary landing, during which the main landing gear and wing struck a fence, causing substantial damage. The area forecast had indicated extensive areas of low cloud, with reduced visibility associated with drizzle, over the mountain ranges.

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General details
Date: 28 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1725    
Location: 8 km SE Lithgow    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 01 August 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model AA-5  
Aircraft registration VH-IFT  
Serial number AA5B-0621  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Orange NSW  
Departure time 1625  
Destination Camden NSW