Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180C, VH-BBN, NW Scone, 11 December 1970

Investigation number:
196901172
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The aircraft was engaged in superphosphate spreading in hilly country and, after commencing operations at approximately 1400 hours, had completed seven sorties. The runs were made in predominantly easterly and westerly directions and the eastern end was close to the main north-south ridge of the Brawboy Range. The aircraft had been observed turning at the eastern end of the runs by proceeding out through gaps in the ridge and then returning across the crest of the range to spread in a westerly direction. At the termination of the last completed run to the east the aircraft was seen to pull up high and turn inside the face of the ridge before descending and disappearing from the view of the witness. Smoke was seen to rise from the area immediately and the burning wreckage was sighted shortly afterwards by searching aircraft.

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General details
Date: 22 October 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530 EST    
Location: NW Scone    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 11 November 1970   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-BBN  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Agricultural Strip  
Departure time 1515  
Destination Agricultural Strip  
Last update 13 May 2014