Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28RT-201, VH-ESK, 42km NW Adelaide, SA on 4 September 1994

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was inbound to Adelaide from Ceduna and had been cleared by ATC to descend from 5000 feet to maintain 1000 feet AMSL. The aircraft was observed on radar to be passing 2600 feet on descent at about 46km north west Adelaide but shortly later the return had disappeared. A Distress Phase was initiated when communication could not be re-established with the aircraft. Another aircraft in the area reported a cloud base of about 600 feet with rain showers. Later interpretation of the radar tape shows the aircraft levelling at 1000 feet then commencing a steepening descending left turn until lost from the radar at about 300 feet.

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General details
Date: 04 September 1994   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1836 CST    
Location   (show map): 42km NW Adelaide    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: VFR into IMC  
Release date: 23 February 1995   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-ESK  
Serial number 28R-8118073  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ceduna, SA  
Departure time 1625 CST  
Destination Adelaide, SA  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 70.0 220
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 18 May 2016