On 24 December 2006, an Auster J1/A1 aircraft, registered VH-ALO, departed from a private airstrip at Nelson Victoria with the pilot being the sole occupant on board.
During the initial climb out, the aircraft was observed making a low-level right turn towards two hangars where three people were standing to watch the departure.
The aircraft was observed striking powerlines. The aircraft impacted the ground inverted, at a steep angle. The pilot was fatally injured.
Preliminary report released 8 February 2007
On 24 December 2006, the owner-pilot of an Auster Aircraft Company J1/A1 aircraft, registered VH-ALO, was intending to ferry the aircraft from a private airstrip at Nelson, Vic, to Akuna station S.A. The pilot was the sole occupant. At approximately 0930 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, the pilot commenced a takeoff towards the west. Three people were standing between two hangars that were to the north of the airstrip and they observed that the aircraft became airborne before it reached the taxiway leading from the hangars to the runway. When the aircraft was adjacent to the taxiway, it made a low level right turn towards the hangars.
One witness, who was an experienced pilot, reported that the aircraft climbed suddenly just prior to striking a power line that was located on the airstrip side of the hangars. The aircraft then drifted over open space between the two hangers on a northerly heading; the left wing was seen to drop and the aircraft impacted the ground almost vertically. The pilot was fatally injured.
|Date:||24 December 2006||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Release date:||06 February 2008||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Auster Aircraft Ltd|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Serious|
|Departure point||Nelson Vic.|