Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210K, VH-MNG, Nelyambo Station, near Wilcannia, NSW, 9 May 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft arrived at "Nelyambo" Station shortly before last light which was at 1809 hours. The weather was fine and clear with nil wind. On his first circuit the pilot thought he saw sheep adjacent to his intended landing path which was an unmarked dirt strip within a large paddock. To make sure that the area was clear the pilot completed a second circuit before commencing an approach to land. On final approach the pilot found that the surface light had faded badly, although the sky remained bright. Under these conditions he had difficulty in distinguishing the strip from its surroundings and the aircraft touched down approximately 100 feet to the left of the strip, striking a mound of earth two feet high. The aircraft ballooned and floated a further 330 feet before again contacting the ground. On the second touch-down the nosewheel collapsed and the aircraft overturned.
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General details
Date: 09 May 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800 EST    
Location: Nelyambo Station, Wilcannia    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 25 June 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-MNG  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Culpaulin Station  
Destination Nelyambo Station  
Last update 16 May 2014