Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aero Commander, 500-S, VH-UJP, Horn Island, Aerodrome, Qld

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Status: Completed
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At 0910 EST the aircraft was observed to depart runway 32 and to climb out normally. Shortly after, it adopted a nose-high attitude and completed a wingover type manoeuvre followed by a fully developed flat spin to the left.

The wreckage was located approximately 2 kms to the north-west of the aerodrome. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

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General details
Date: 12 December 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0918 EST    
Location   (show map): Horn Island, Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 October 1996   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Aero Commander  
Aircraft model 500  
Aircraft registration VH-UJP  
Serial number 3074  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Horn Island, QLD  
Departure time 0910 EST  
Destination Horn Island, QLD  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 119 11740
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014