Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna Aircraft Company 208, VH-MMV

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As a four-person skydiving team exited the aircraft, the reserve parachute of one of the team members deployed and tangled around the tailplane. The tail section then separated from the fuselage and the jumper's parachute separated from the tail. A section of the left elevator remained attached to the reserve parachute. When the aircraft entered a spiral descent, the remaining parachutists and the pilot abandoned it. The aircraft impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude and was destoyed. The parachutist whose parachute tangled on the tailplane received fatal injuries.

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General details
Date: 29 April 2001   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1312 hours EST    
Location   (show map): 4 km NW Nagambie    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 22 April 2002   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 208  
Aircraft registration VH-MMV  
Serial number 20800096  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ballieston East, VIC  
Departure time 1255 hours EST  
Destination Ballieston East, VIC  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 700 4000
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 0 0 1 1
Minor: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 1 2
Last update 13 May 2014