Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain, Cessna Aircraft Company 210L, VH-IDM, 83 km NE Georgetown, Qld, 15 May 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 0650 Eastern Standard Time on 15 May 2008, the pilot and sole occupant of a Cessna Aircraft Company C210L aircraft, registered VH-IDM, departed Karumba Airport, Qld, to conduct a low-level geophysical survey flight, under the visual flight rules. The aircraft was due back at Karumba at 1115. At approximately 1000, Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) detected an Emergency Locator Transmitter transmission and initiated a search. At approximately 1300, the wreckage of the Cessna 210 was located and the pilot was found to be fatally injured.

Recorded data showed the pilot conducted a series of planned east-west survey lines at an altitude of 260 ft above ground level. As planned, the pilot initiated a left turn to track to the north. During the left turn, the aircraft lost altitude, and increased bank angle and speed. The on-site information indicated that the aircraft's initial impact was in a steep left-wing-down attitude, consistent with a loss of control.

The investigation found the loss of control was probably due to pilot loss of consciousness as a result of an irregularity of heart rhythm associated with either focal scarring or chronic inflammation of the heart muscle.

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Preliminary report released 7 July 2008

On 15 May 2008 at approximately 1000 Eastern Standard Time, a Cessna Aircraft Company C210L aircraft, registered VH-IDM, being operated on low-level geophysical survey operations, struck trees prior to impacting the ground 83km north-east of Georgetown, Qld. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was fatally injured.

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General details
Date: 15 May 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 83 km NE Georgetown    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 25 June 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-IDM  
Serial number 21060331  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Karumba, Qld.  
Departure time 0650 EST  
Destination Karumba, Qld.  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 90 9700
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
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