Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188B-A1, VH-IEZ, 6 km West of Thangool QLD, 30 January 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that he was spraying a crop with the runs oriented in a racetrack pattern across the wind, which was south-easterly at 15 knots. This resulted in a turn into wind at one end and a turn downwind at the other end. He experienced difficulty in preventing the aircraft drifting away from the paddock during the downwind turns and was widening the turns in an attempt to correct the problem. During the third downwind turn the aircraft stalled but the pilot was unable to level the wings due to trees in the path of the aircraft. The right wing struck a fence and cartwheeled into a paddock.

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General details
Date: 30 January 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1820    
Location: 6 km West of Thangool    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 13 December 1990   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-IEZ  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Biloela QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Biloela QLD