Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172-B, VH-AAC, 60 kms ENE Wilcannia NSW, 30 April 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was spotting for sheep in advance of rising flood waters. He landed the aircraft in a paddock to assist a truck driver to unload sheep from the truck. He used the driest part of the paddock, near the tree line, where vehicles and motor bikes had been operating. Before departing, the pilot taxied to the touch-down point and commenced the take-off over the same area used for landing. Once the aircraft passed the end of the landing roll section, the ground became softer, the nosewheel dug in and the aircraft veered to the right. The nose gear broke off and both propeller blade tips hit the ground. The right wing tip struck a one metre high acacia tree while the aircraft continued to slide for about a further 50 metres.

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General details
Date: 30 April 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500    
Location: 60 kms ENE Wilcannia    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 05 June 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-AAC  
Serial number 17249203  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kallara Station NSW  
Departure time 1400  
Destination Kallara Station NSW