Investigation number
196903392
Occurrence date
Location
Cleve
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
Fatal

For the last stage of a flight from Perth to Adelaide, the pilot flight planned for flight from Ceduna to Parafield
using night VMC procedures. The area forecasts indicated that the en route weather would include some areas
of cloud at a height which would preclude flight at the minimum safe altitude defined by the night VMC requirements.
Some rain showers and drizzle were also expected. The pilot nevertheless elected to depart Ceduna
at 1805 hours CST for a flight via Cowell and Ardrossan, and encountered last light at approximately 1839 hours
Radio communication was established with Ceduna and Adelaide but propagation conditions deteriorated and
effective contact with the aircraft was not made after 1852 hours. Witnesses located in areas to the north west
of Cleve saw the lights of, and heard an aircraft after 1910 hours. The aircraft was observed on various
headings and, at 2025 hours the lights of the aircraft were seen, very low and heading towards the higher
ground of the accident site where drizzling rain was falling. The impact of the aircraft with the ground was
heard and local residents quickly located the wreckage. The aircraft had flown into the ground in essentially
level flight just below the top of a sandy ridge some 950 feet above sea level.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Ceduna
Destination
Parafield
Model
PA-28
Registration
VH-CVH
Operation type
Business
Damage
Destroyed
Manufacturer
Piper Aircraft Corp
Departure time
1805