Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182D, VH-RHL, Wirrulla, SA, 6 Augsut 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had landed on the old Eyre Highway, on the south east side of and close to Wirrulla but, for take off, he decided to use a better section of the road about one half mile further to the east. Whilst taxying along the road to the take off position, in a ten knot crosswind, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft, on a slippery muddy section and the starboard wing struck a small mallee tree on the southern verge of the road. The aircraft slewed clockwise through 180 degrees in the course of which the nosewheel and propeller dug into the earth bank at the road verge, followed in succession by the port mainwheel, port mainplane and port elevator and tailplane, all of which were substantially damaged.
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General details
Date: 06 August 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1412 CST    
Location: Wirrulla    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 11 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-RHL  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wirrulla  
Departure time 1415  
Destination Whyalla  
Last update 01 April 2011