Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180A, VH-BVL, Labertouche, Vic, 8 February 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Having completed the sixth and final sortie for the day, the aircraft was observed to be approaching to land into the west and the approach path was rather higher than normal. After descending to a low altitude, overshoot action was initiated and the aircraft was next seen in a steep climbing turn to the right. The left wing dropped and the aircraft began a descending turn to the left, following which it was seen rotating to the right and descending rapidly. The aircraft struck the ground right wing first, cartwheeled through 90 degrees and came to rest 50 feet beyond the first point of impact. The wreckage was located some 720 feet beyond the western end of the strip. There was no fire.
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General details
Date: 08 February 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1946 EST    
Location: Labertouche    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 08 October 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-BVL  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Labertouche  
Departure time 1925  
Destination Labertouche  
Last update 16 May 2014