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Collision with terrain - Pacific Aerospace FU-24-954 Fletcher aircraft, VH-FNM Wynella Station, Queensland, 20 December 2010

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 20 December 2010, the owner/pilot of a Pacific Aerospace Corporation FU-24-954 Fletcher aircraft, registered VH-FNM, was conducting aerial spreading of urea fertilizer at Wynella Station; a property 40 km south-south-west of Dirranbandi, Queensland. At about 1650 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot was returning to the landing strip after the completion of an application run. The aircraft impacted the terrain, and the pilot was fatally injured.

Examination of the accident site indicated that the aircraft's engine was delivering power at the time of impact. Wreckage examination did not reveal evidence of any defect or mechanical failure that would have contributed to the event. Although the post-mortem report on the pilot noted that he had significant coronary atherosclerosis, there was insufficient information available to determine whether pilot incapacitation was involved in the accident.

The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation operations.

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General details
Date: 20 December 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1650 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Wynella Station    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 16 December 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pacific Aerospace Corporation  
Aircraft model FU-24  
Aircraft registration VH-FNM  
Serial number 263  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point near Dirranbandi Qld  
Destination near Dirranbandi Qld  
Last update 03 April 2020