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Collision with terrain involving a Grumman G-164A, VH-CCF, 18 km N of Deniliquin aerodrome, NSW on 31 December 2013

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Status: Completed
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On 31 December 2013, at about 1230 Eastern Daylight-savings Time, a Grumman G-164A aircraft, registered VH-CCF, took off to the west, from an airstrip about 18 km north of Deniliquin, New South Wales, to conduct aerial spraying spreading operations.

The pilot reported applying a higher power setting than normal for take-off to allow for the warm temperature (about 25 ˚C) and short airstrip. When at about 150 ft above ground level (AGL), the pilot levelled the aircraft off and commenced a right turn towards the north. During the turn, the pilot felt the aircraft sink. The pilot rolled the wings level and elected not to jettison the chemical fertilizer load at that time as the aircraft normally stopped sinking once the wings were level. However, the aircraft continued to sink and the pilot then jettisoned the load.

When at about 20-30 ft AGL, with a nose high attitude, the pilot felt the aircraft’s wings shaking, indicating an imminent stall. The pilot increased engine power in an attempt to avert the stall, but the aircraft continued to descend. Shortly after, the wheels touched down in a rice paddy in about 20 cm of water and the aircraft flipped over. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was uninjured.


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General details
Date: 31 December 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1230 EDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Deniliquin Aerodrome, north 18 km    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 19 March 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grumman American Aviation Corp  
Aircraft model G-164  
Aircraft registration VH-CCF  
Serial number 1105  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Deniliquin, NSW  
Destination Deniliquin, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018