Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180, VH-IAM, Ross, Tasmania, 4 March 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the day the pilot, who was inexperienced in agricultural operations, had completed the spreading of superphosphate while under the supervision of a Class 1 agricultural pilot. The strip used, though adequate in length, was substantially below the prescribed minimum in width, it was bordered by rough, rutted ground and targe rocks and the transverse gradient was in excess of the specified maximum. In the late afternoon the pilot returned to the strip to load some equipment. The wind was calm and shortly after making a normal landing the aircraft diverged approximately 12 feet to the right of the strip centre line. Due to the rough ground and downslope the pilot was unable to regain the central strip and the main wheels struck some large rocks tipping the aircraft on to its nose.

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General details
Date: 04 March 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1805 TST    
Location: south east of Ross    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 02 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-IAM  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tunbridge  
Departure time 1755  
Destination Mt. Morriston  
Last update 13 May 2014