Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 150G, VH-HWJ, 63km NNE Longreach, QLD on 22 April 1993

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot advised that at the time of the incident he was carrying out a last +fly around; of his property which had recently been sold. The pilot's three year old son was the only other passenger on board. While manoeuvring at low level the pilot's attention was diverted into the cockpit for a period of time, assisting his son who had become ill. During this period of distraction the pilot had inadvertently allowed the aircraft to descend. He recalls looking outside the aircraft again just as it impacted the ground. The pilot confirmed that the aircraft's engine and flight controls were operating normally at the time. The pilot received serious injuries to both ankles in the accident. The passenger received only minor cuts and bruising. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair.
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General details
Date: 22 April 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 10:15 EST    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150G  
Aircraft registration VH-HWJ  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial