Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28R-180, VH-CVH, 13 miles NW Cleve, SA, 8 September 1969

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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.
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General details
Date: 08 September 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2028 CST    
Location: Cleve    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 11 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-CVH  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ceduna  
Departure time 1805  
Destination Parafield  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 2 0 3
Serious: 0 1 0 1
Total: 1 3 0 4
Last update 01 April 2011