Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210-5, VH-RYG, Grenfell NSW, 31 March 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot obtained a weather forecast and submitted a flight plan which indicated his intention to conduct the flight under visual flight rules. The forecast details were indicative of visual meteorological conditions existing In the initial stages of the flight and also in the area in which the accident occurred. After passing West Wyalong, the weather deteriorated, and the pilot descended to about 500 feet above ground level to remain beneath the lowering overcast cloud base. The Weddin Mountain Range which lay across the aircraft's track and which rises some 1200 feet above the surrounding flat terrain was obscured by fog and low cloud and, as the pilot approached the range from the west, he was confronted by an area of fog which extended from the cloud base to the ground. Maintaining about 500 feet clearance from the ground, the aircraft penetrated the fog area and soon afterwards the pilot commenced a turn to the left with the intention of regaining visual meteorological conditions. Almost immediately, through a break in the fog, the pilot observed trees on steeply rising ground ahead. He applied power and pulled up sharply, but the aircraft struck trees near the top of the ridge and crashed to the ground.

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General details
Date: 31 March 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0708 EST    
Location: Grenfell    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 21 October 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-RYG  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Grifflth  
Departure time 0621  
Destination Bankstown  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 500 1100
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Serious: 1 3 0 4
Total: 1 3 0 4
Last update 01 April 2011