Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172M, VH-SZS, Inverway Station (Calowie Yard) NT, 2 August 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that he had been to Calowie Yard on a number of previous occasions and this time he carried out a circuit and an approach into the sun. As the pilot rotated the aircraft for landing it collided with a fence. The landing was completed without further incident. The pilot had mistaken a graded fence line for the airstrip and the glare from the sun had prevented him from sighting the fence prior to the collision.

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General details
Date: 02 August 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 750    
Location: Inverway Station (Calowie Yard)    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 28 September 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-SZS  
Serial number 17267537  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Inverway Station NT  
Departure time 730  
Destination Calowie Yard NT