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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|Date:||20 December 2010||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1650 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||16 December 2011||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Pacific Aerospace Corporation|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Serious|
|Departure point||near Dirranbandi Qld|
|Destination||near Dirranbandi Qld|