On 26 March 2006, at about 1800 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, a Cessna 188B Agwagon aircraft, registered VH-ZIP, was reported to have taken off from a field adjacent to a local water-ski area, about 59 km south-west of Narrandera, NSW, with the pilot as the sole occupant. The following morning at about 0900, the aircraft wreckage was found by a passer-by at a position 55 km south of Narrandera and about 8 km from the departure area. The aircraft was destroyed, there was no fire and the pilot was fatally injured.
There was no evidence that the pilot experienced any physiological condition which could have contributed to the accident. Weather conditions in the area were reported to be fine with little or no wind and there were no overhead powerlines or other obstacles in the vicinity. The aircraft had impacted the ground heavily, in a nose-down, right wing-low attitude, consistent with a low-speed stall or aerobatic manoeuvre. There was no evidence of a flight control or systems problem which could have contributed to the accident and the engine and propeller were producing power at the time of impact.
The pilot was reported to have been known to conduct 'high-risk' aerial activities, including aerobatic flight in agricultural aircraft. A number of photographs taken shortly before the final flight showed him conducting low passes over the water-ski site with the aircraft's main wheels in contact with the surface of the water. During the accident flight he was reported to have conducted very low passes over a departing vehicle, more low passes over the water with the main wheels in contact with the water's surface and what was described to be manoeuvres consistent with aerobatic flight.
The investigation concluded that the pilot was probably conducting an aerobatic flight manoeuvre from which collision with terrain could not be prevented.
Release date: 27 April 2006
Aviation Occurrence Investigation Report - 200601509 -
Collision with Terrain 55 km South of Narrandera, NSW 26 March 2006 Cessna 188B, VH-ZIP [188kb PDF]
Please note: The above report has been superseeded by the final report.
|Date:||26 March 2006||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||55 km South Narranderra Aero|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||04 December 2006||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Colombo Creek, NSW|
|Departure time||1800 ESuT|
|Destination||'Sandside' near Morundah, NSW|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|