Aviation safety investigations & reports

Winton Sapphire, AUF 10-1048, Manton (43 km S Townsville) QLD, 12 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was observed to take off normally and climb to about 200 feet above ground level. Shortly after passing beyond the end of the strip, an apparent change in aircraft engine noise was heard by witnesses. The aircraft was then seen in a steep nose-down, inverted attitude. It remained in this attitude until ground impact. On site examination showed that the aircraft had struck the ground in an inverted nose-down attitude of 35 degrees. No fault was found in the aircraft or its systems which might have contributed to the accident. The engine was operating at impact. Witnesses reported that the pilot had complained of chest pains both on the morning of the accident and the previous evening. The post mortem report on the pilot indicated that, if other causes of the accident were excluded, there was sufficient chronic heart disease present for sudden heart failure or sudden death to have been likely events.

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General details
Date: 12 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 920    
Location: Manton (43 km S Townsville)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 January 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Sapphire Aircraft Australia  
Aircraft model Sapphire  
Aircraft registration 10-1048  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Manton QLD  
Departure time 0920  
Destination Manton QLD