Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-180, VH-PIL, Hughenden Qld, 9 February 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When the aircraft arrived over Hughenden it descended to a height of about 400 feet over houses on the southern and north-eastern areas of the town, then climbed slightly and flew at a low height across the town towards the golf course. The aircraft, on two occasions, flew at a height of about 300 feet over the golf course, in the vicinity of the club house, then climbed, circled to the left and descended to a very low height over a group of people who were playing golf. The aircraft then climbed steeply to approximately 200 feet at which height the pilot apparently lost control of the aircraft and it stalled, yawed sharply and dived to the ground. The Initial impact was taken on the nose and starboard main wheel and the aircraft skidded for a distance of 169 feet before coming to rest.


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General details
Date: 09 February 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1815 EST    
Location: Hughenden    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 21 October 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-PIL  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Peronne, 21 miles south, Hughenden  
Departure time 1800  
Destination Hughenden  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Serious: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014