Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain - Cessna A188B/A1, VH-SHM, 13 km NE St George Airport, Queensland, 20 December 2011

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 20 December 2011, at about 1500 Eastern Standard Time, a Cessna Aircraft Company 188B Agwagon, registered VH-SHM, collided with terrain after experiencing difficulty becoming airborne from a station property near St George, Queensland. The purpose of the flight was the aerial application of herbicide to control weeds on the property. The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft and sustained serious injuries.

The pilot was relatively new to the aerial application industry and inexperienced on the aircraft type. The aircraft had recently had a new propeller and hub fitted pursuant to an engineering order.

Approved Agricultural pilots are reminded of the importance of supervision of newly rated agricultural pilots. The accident also highlights the importance of pilots being aware of the maintenance that has been performed on an aircraft and the value of a test flight being performed by a pilot experienced with the aircraft type following maintenance. 

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General details
Date: 20 December 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 13 km NE St George Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 24 May 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-SHM  
Serial number 18802903T  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point St George Airport, QLD  
Last update 14 November 2018